From Rich to Herbal: 12 Chilean Red Wines for Any Budget

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Chile offers an exciting array of red wines. Not only is this South American country able to deliver a wide range of styles—including light-bodied reds as well as plush, rich and structured pours—it also performs well in the value and premium wine spaces.

From cool coastal-influenced regions to dry inland valleys and brisk high-altitude locales, Chile’s terroirs are as diverse as its offerings. Among the many wine-producing valleys, Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua are some of the more well known. Look for a range of reds, from rich Syrah, structured Cabernet Sauvignon and herbal Carmenère. Light-bodied red wines like Pinot Noir and País can also be found.

From well-priced Cab and Pinot Noir to premium icon bottlings, Chile offers it all. Here are 12 red wines to explore the country’s offerings.

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2019 Escudo Rojo Reserva Syrah
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Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2019 Escudo Rojo Reserva Syrah (Maipo Valley); $19. Buy on Wine.com. The attractive nose shows abundant cooked blackberry, blueberry and plum aromas with hints of star anise and black pepper… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Casas del Bosque 2019 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
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Casas del Bosque 2019 Reserva Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley); $13. Buy on Vivino. Peppery plum and tomato aromas include a touch of green herbs, while this Pinot is lightly concentrated, fresh and racy… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Concha y Toro 2020 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Malbec
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Concha y Toro 2020 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Malbec (Central Valley); $12. Buy on Vivino. Intense and rich aromas of cooked raspberry and sweet spices show on the nose of this well-balanced Malbec… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

J. Bouchon 2020 Viejo Dry Farmed Old Vines Secano Interior País
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Bouchon 2020 Viejo Dry Farmed Old Vines Secano Interior País (Maule Valley); $15. Buy on Vivino. Appealing wild berry and spice aromas open this fresh and easy red made from old-vines País… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Maquis 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Maquis 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley); $20. Buy on Wine.com. This red displays delicate dried herbs, blackberry and red bell pepper aromas… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Misiones de Rengo 2019 Gran Reserva Cuvée Carmenère
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Misiones de Rengo 2019 Gran Reserva Cuvée Carmenère (Rapel Valley); $29. Buy on Vivino. Smooth and lightly wooded, this Carmenère shows aromatic blackberry, clove and black pepper notes with hints of leather… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Montes 2018 Folly Syrah
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Montes 2018 Folly Syrah (Apalta); $90. Buy on Vivino. Opaque in color and fully ripe on the nose, with aromas of cool earth, graphite, blackberry and black olive… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Polkura 2018 Block g+I Syrah
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Polkura 2018 Block g+I Syrah (Marchigue); $42. Find on Wine-Searcher. One of Chile’s finest Syrahs reached a high note in 2018. This beauty opens with aromas of pencil lead… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Santa Carolina 2019 Carolina Reserva Carmenère
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Santa Carolina 2019 Carolina Reserva Carmenère (Cachapoal Valley); $10. Find on Wine-Searcher. This Carmenère is aromatic yet delicate. Plum, blackberry and tobacco are part of the bouquet… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Santa Ema 2017 Catalina Red
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Santa Ema 2017 Catalina Red (Maipo Alto); $50. Find on Wine-Searcher. This elegant and well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend opens up… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Vik 2017 La Piu Belle Red
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Vik 2017 La Piu Belle Red (Cachapoal Valley); $80. Buy on Wine.com. Baking spices, blackberry and tomato-leaf aromas shape the nose of this delicious blend… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Viña Don Melchor 2018 Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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Viña Don Melchor 2018 Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto); $120. Buy on Vivino. Smooth aromas of leather, cassis and plum come with a side note of savory grilled beef. This is a deeply… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

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Published on April 8, 2022
Topics: Buying Guide