This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous! Each week we compile a list of wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Joaquín Hidalgo’s article, Chile in Transition . Enjoy an excerpt from this article and reviews below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Chile is a country experiencing major upheavals in the wine scene. This report bears witness to a wide range of regions, beyond Maipo, where new flavor palates are emerging and further identifies the current trends in classic varieties and the challenges producers face today. The result, following a tasting of 800 wines, is an increasingly complex wine map, rich in different styles, varieties and flavors. BETTER HORIZONS Two-thousand twenty-one marked the resurgence of Chile as a major player in the US wine market. Following a cycle of falling sales, last year the country’s wines reached third place among wine importers by volume, behind Italy and France. Although it’s true that the context was favorable: fewer wines came from New Zealand and changes to import duties helped, these weren’t the only reasons. Nielsen data also reveals growth in wines priced at over $50 with an above average rise in the off-premise category of 52% in 2021. Meanwhile, the handful of wines priced at over $100 saw a jump of 67%. Although the growth comes from a small base, the qualitative data found in this report confirms that wines in these segments are robust in Chile right now. To conclude, among the 800 bottles featured in this report there are a handful that took my breath away and around a hundred about which I was very enthusiastic. A few were in the $15 range and a few more in the $20, after which the quality really begins to improve on the Chilean wine scene. But where Chile is often seen as having a somewhat monotonous (or Maipo-centric) output, the real situation right now is much richer with far greater diversity. Given the general theme of transformation, it won’t be a surprise if some of the incipient trends identified here blossom and thrive in the medium term. But the most important trend, as I see it at least, is cultural: producers are increasingly proud of their wines and the ideas that shaped them. Discovering them is an eminently worthwhile journey for intrepid drinkers.” --Joaquín Hidalgo, Chile in Transition, June 2022 1. 2019 Baron Philippe De Rothschild Chile Baronesa P. 2. 2018 Clos Apalta 3. 2018 Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos 4. 2015 Cousiño Macul Blend Finis Terrae 5. 2018 Cousiño Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reservas

Cousiño-Macul

Antiguas Reservas Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reservas from Maipo is a rich garnet in hue. The nose offers notes of blackcurrant and mint underlined by subtle cherry aromas and hints of spice. In the mouth it’s delicate and energetic with refined tannins and characterful grip while the rich flavors are shored up by the freshness. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, June 2022)
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Clos Apalta

Valle de Apalta Red Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.6

The 2018 Clos Apalta is 64% Carménère, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot from Apalta, Colchagua, aged for 24 months in 85% new barrels. The ripe, complex, clear nose offers prune, blueberries and blackberries along with pepper, tobacco, rosemary, cigar box and a whiff of smoke. Creamy and broad in the mouth with good volume, a firm flow and contained structure. The tannins set the tone while the mellow freshness underlines the sugary profile. A genuine Michel Rolland wine made during a year of subtle flavors. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, June 2022)
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Cousiño-Macul

Finis Terrae Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2015 Blend Fines Terrae is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 12% Syrah from Maipo, aged in new French oak barrels. Dark garnet red in hue. The attractively complex nose presents notes of ripe blackcurrant, mint, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, cigar box and dried flowers. Voluminous with a refined texture and dry, reactive tannins. The flavors are fruity and well-defined with the thyme that becomes especially clear at the back of the mouth. A lingering, complex red. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, June 2022)
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Clos Apalta

Le Petit Clos Valle de Apalta Red Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2018 Le Petit Clos is a blend of 53% Carménère, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from Apalta, Colchagua. Dark garnet in hue. The complex nose offers plum jam, hints of smoke, herbs and pepper against a backdrop of cigar box and graphite. A ripe, broad, full-bodied red with precise acidity and a juicy, grippy flow (quite accomplished for the style), it ends with an intense, ripe finish. A red to hold on to. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, June 2022)
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Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Baronesa P. Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2019 Baronesa P. is a combination of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Carménère, 5% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Franc from the Maipo Valley, aged for 15 months in 60% new barrels. Garnet red in color. The complex nose is dominated by the oak, displaying notes of cedar and pencil box, dark fruit aromas and a whiff of thyme. On the palate, the flavors are intense with taut but polished tannins. Broad and long-lasting with an oaky backdrop, this grows more profound when decanted. One to keep. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, June 2022)
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