Smooth, rich and inviting, just like a top-of-the-line effort should be. Mounds of sweet red and black fruit floats effortlessly on the palate, while cherry, coffee and kirsch form the basis of what is a terrific finish. This unique wine is made using the so-called solera system, whereby older and newer vintages are blended in order to achieve a premium result.
Few table wines are made in the solera style, whereby vintages are blended together to create a more harmonious whole. Here is that rare solera red, the fifth shot this winery has taken at the Crazy Horse. And it’s a fine effort that features spicy and sweet aromas, ripe strawberry fruit, and lots of toasty, charred oak. Warning: Airing helps tame the overt oak…
Caballo Loco, now in its seventh edition, ranks as one of Chile’s most consistent ultrapremium reds. It’s spicy and deep on the nose, with dark berry and ripe cherry at its core. Shows the slightest hint of cappuccino on the pleasant finish. Woody but balanced. Imported by Laird & Company.
With its rich tropical fruits, nutty vanilla overtones and toasty, smoky finish, this is a dead-ringer for a top-notch California Chardonnay. Tangerine, peach and pineapple flavors combine with a custardy mouthfeel to offer satisfaction in every sip. Editors’ Choice.
Structured, tight and linear at first, and then air unveils good oak notes, red fruit and tobacco. Ripe and loaded in the mouth, with bold cassis and cherry flavors. Good tannins, spice, warmth, and a pleasing outlook make this a winner. Imported by Laird & Company.
Year in and year out we love this nonvintage table wine from Valdivieso. Version 8 is round, smooth, slightly herbal and jam-packed with savory spice aromas. The palate is bright, forward and flush with raspberry and other dark-fruit flavors. Stocky and sturdy; it’s Chilean red at its consistent best.
An example of good value, but good quality, Merlot. From low-yielding vines producing rich fruit, spice and tobacco flavors along with soft, dusty tannins. Pure acidity and ripe fruits at the end.
No issues of underripeness or herbaceousness here; this a meaty, sweet rendition of Cab Franc, one with sweet cherry and raspberry in spades. If you seek Loire-style leafiness or Bordeaux complexity, go elsewhere. This version is chewy, rich, ripe and fleshy.