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90 • Chilensis 2011 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Garnet. Aromas and flavors of peanut nougat, berry pie crust, and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and spicy, well balanced finish with fine tannins. A great sipper or table wine. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
89 • Car Men Air 2011 Carmenere, Maule Valley $12.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Very nice "old world" nose of black cherries, black plums, ink and a smoky oak component. Rich entry and a bit of a hollow mid-palate. Will come together with time as this wine has an ample array of fine and harder tannins. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
89 • Sierra Batuco 2010 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley $9.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Pretty deep ruby red with a crimson edge. Nice first impression of wood smoke and toasty yeast. Nice array of cherry flavors follow through to a creamy finish supported by ample tannins. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
88 • Arenal 2010 Carmenère, Colchagua Valley $9.99. Best Buy.
Subtle nose of roasted nuts and a hint of the ocean (salinity) with more air a nice cherry cobbler scent come on. Creamy entry and retronasal notes of funky oak. Ample fine tannins yet nicely balanced (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
87 • Crucero 2010 Reserva, Carménère, Colchagua Valley $12.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of dried hay lead along with all manner of black fruits with black cherry aromas dominating. Richly textured and nice depth of flavors with a warm tannic, youthful finish. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
86 • PKNT 2010 Gold Reserve, Carmenère, Maule Valley $12.99. Best Buy.
Fun nose with hints of caramel corn and bright red fruits reminiscent of cherries and raspberries. Easy flavors follow and then fade rather quickly. Grippy, chewy tannins. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
85 • Tabalí 2010 Reserva, Carmenère, Cachapoal Valley $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Very clean, precise nose of black cherries and a hint of balsa wood. Easy, yet tightly knit flavors follow. Toasted brewers yeast scent is a bonus. Flavors need to be amplified. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)