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91 • Oveja Negra 2008 The Lost Barrel Red, Maule Valley $25.
Deep, saturated blackish-purple hue. Rich, perfumed cocoa and black fruit aromas carry a lavish, expensive oak influence. A lush entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with firm, grippy tannins and lots of intensity. Fresh, lengthy, oak-driven finish. A big, flashy blend of Syrah, Carignane, and Carmenère with a dollop of Petit Verdot. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
90 • Korta Vineyards 2007 Gran Reserva Red, Lontue Valley $24.99.
Deep, saturated ruby-purple hue. Elegant, ripe black fruit aromas show good complexity and an expensive integrated oak accent. A ripe entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with explosive black fruit flavors and a flashy, minty, oaky overlay. Well-structured, with drying tannins and fresh fruit acidity. Very Sonoma Valley--a bit of a hedonistic fruit-bomb style. Best with grilled meats and drinking well now. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
89 • Vina La Rosa 2007 Cuveé Don Reca Red, Cachapoal Valley $23.99.
Saturated, inky blackish-ruby hue. Maturing brown spice and ripe black fruit aromas carry a leathery, gamey edge. A lush entry leads a rounded, full-bodied palate with a firm core of deep fruit flavors and a lavish oak undertone. Chewy tannins mark the dusty, spicy finish. A fat, flashy style to drink in youth--try with hearty winter stews. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
87 • Oveja Negra 2008 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Deep ruby-garnet hue. Attractive lead pencil and cassis aromas are Cabernet dominant. A rich entry leads a structured, moderately full-bodied palate with drying tannins. Firm, flavorful finish. An elegant style and a good value. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
86 • Oveja Negra 2008 Reserva, Cabernet Franc-Carmenère, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Leafy, brooding black fruit nose. A rich entry leads a weighty, full-bodied palate with velvety tannins and good fruit acidity. Bright, balanced finish. An elegant, ripe style. Try with hearty winter dishes. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
85 • Espiritu de Chile 2007 Shiraz-Cabernet, Central Valley $10.
Deep, saturated blackish-ruby hue. Brooding black pepper aromas have a reserved character and a touch of herbaceousness. A rich entry leads a rounded, medium-bodied palate with soft tannins and ripe black fruit flavors. Shows a kiss of oak on the generous finish. A balanced quaffer. Drink now. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
85 • Big Fat Llama 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Cachapoal Valley $7.99.
Deep garnet hue. Subdued black fruit aromas have an herbaceous edge. A chewy entry leads a drying, moderately full-bodied palate with a minty undertone to the Merlot-accented flavors. Quick, drying finish. Drink now. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)
80 • Vina La Rosa 2008 La Palma, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Cachapoal Valley $8.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet hue. Subdued red fruit aromas carry a subtle earthy accent. A soft entry leads a thick, full-bodied palate with low acidity and gentle tannins. Carries a green note to the finish. A bit flabby in style. Drink now. (tasted on Oct-06-2009)