segunda-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2011

Os 30 melhores tintos chilenos "custo x benefício" do mercado (Wine Spectator)

O conceito "Top Value" da revista Wine Spectator premia os vinhos que tem um custo de até US$25 e alcançam pontuações relevantes, caracterizando-se como uma ótima relação preço x qualidade, o nosso almejado "custo x benefício". Veja os mais recentes vinhos tintos chienos agraciados com esta distinção e que estão disponíveis ou chegando ao nosso mercado:

* Como base de cálculo, multipliquem o preço em dólar por 4 para ter uma noção aproximada do preço em reais no varejo brasileiro.
* Os vinhos indicados em amarelo, são minhas sugestões pessoais de compra.

1. AGRICOLA LA VIÑA Syrah Colchagua Valley Polkura 2008
Score: 91 points Price: $23.00
Rock-solid, delivering nice, tightly wound grip that holds a core of blackberry, Black Mission fig, licorice snap and maduro tobacco in reserve. Rich but sleek, with a long, sweet finish full of earth and black fruit. Drink now through 2011. 1,900 cases made. –JM
2. VIÑA SAN PEDRO Carmenère Maule Valley 1865 Single Vineyard 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $19.00
A broad, muscular style, with cocoa and black currant paste notes followed by fleshy fig, loam and tar. Yet stays fresh, with a lingering tobacco note and nice latent grip. Drink now through 2011. 5,000 cases made. –JM
3. VERAMONTE Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Ritual 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $20.00
This is mouthfilling, but stylish and focused, offering lush cherry and raspberry fruit that's layered with additional spice and sweet tobacco notes. Nicely integrated toast frames the finish. Drink now. 9,000 cases made. –JM
4. CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $22.00
Rock-solid, with nicely integrated structure for the vintage, allowing the full-bodied core of loam, blackberry, fig sauce and raspberry to stretch out, with lingering mint and cocoa notes on the plush, fleshy finish. Drink now through 2011. 72,000 cases made. –JM
5. CONCHA Y TORO Syrah Buin Marqués de Casa Concha 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $22.00
Dense and ripe, with layers of mouthfilling linzer torte, hoisin sauce, plum pudding and licorice snap, all backed by solid grip on the briar- and spice-filled finish. Very solid. Drink now through 2011. 9,900 cases made. –JM
6. AGRICOLA LA VIÑA Malbec Colchagua Valley Polkura 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $23.00
Quite ripe and well-endowed for the vintage, featuring flavors of boysenberry, pastis and plum sauce, laced with alluring mint, white pepper and briar notes. The long, rich finish has weight, but stays fresh. Drink now. 250 cases made. –JM
7. VIÑA MONTES Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
A ripe, up-front style, displaying lots of briar, anise, plum cake and fig flavors that push through the juicy, full-bodied finish. Very solid. Drink now. 8,350 cases imported. –JM
8. VIÑA SANTA EMA Amplus One Peumo 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
Sleek, with nice focus and purity for the vintage, as the damson plum, cherry and red currant fruit is carried by fine-grained structure. Lingering whiffs of tobacco and mineral mark the finish. Carmenère, Syrah, Carignan. Drink now through 2012. 1,200 cases imported. –JM
9. VIÑA CASA TAMAYA DEL LIMARÍ Carmenère Limarí Valley Winemaker's Selection 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Ripe, but light on its feet, delivering bright, fresh raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit laced with alluring spice and tobacco notes. The long, silky finish is very pure and focused. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 350 cases made. –JM
10. VIÑA SANTA EMA Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Reserve 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $14.00
This well-built red delivers a solid core of crushed plum and blackberry fruit, with cassis, violet and dark toast notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 25,000 cases imported. –JM
11. VIÑA LA PANCORA Apaltagua Envero Colchagua Valley 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $15.00
This is ripe and polished, with a delicious core of black Mission fig, macerated black currant and dark plum fruit, all woven with alluring licorice snap, black tea and roasted mesquite notes. The long, fleshy finish lets a tobacco note take over. Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2011. 3,000 cases made. –JM
12. VIÑA NINQUÉN Syrah Colchagua Valley Antu 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $19.00
A solid, grippy style, with ample plum, fig and black currant fruit for the vintage, backed by well-integrated licorice snap and violet notes. Drink now through 2011. –JM
13. ODFJELL Carignan Cauquenes Orzada Tres Esquinas 2006
Score: 89 points Price: $20.00
Ripe and concentrated, but light on its feet, with fresh red currant, plum and dark cherry fruit offset by smoked alder wood, espresso and loam hints, which all glide nicely through the finish. Drink now. 240 cases made. –JM
14. VIÑA MAYCAS DEL LIMARÍ Syrah Limarí Valley Reserva Especial 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $22.00
Ripe and toasty, but stylish, with velvety plum sauce, blackberry and boysenberry fruit laced with toasty vanilla and warm cocoa notes. There's good length, with fine-grained mouthfeel. Drink now. 2,350 cases made. –JM
15. VIÑA MONTES Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Alpha 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $24.00
Mouthfilling, with plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit kept lively by enticing spice, anise and black tea notes. The long, grippy finish has solid drive. Drink now through 2011. 2,500 cases imported. –JM
16. BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS O. FOURNIER Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Carignan Maule Valley Centauri 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00
Well-focused and plush for the vintage, with a dusting of cocoa around the core of red plum, blackberry and anise notes. Violet, pepper and mineral hints fill in on the finish. Drink now. 800 cases imported. –JM
17. VIÑA SAN PEDRO 1865 Limited Edition Cachapoal Valley 2007
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00
This muscular but juicy red delivers a lively core of raspberry, crushed red currant and boysenberry fruit laced with fruitcake, licorice and black tea notes. The nice grippy edge on the pepper-tinged finish is well-integrated. Drink now through 2011. 1,200 cases made. –JM
18. VIÑA LA PANCORA Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Apaltagua Reserva 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $11.00
Very solid, led by briar and cassis notes and backed by a core of raspberry, red licorice and sweet spice. Friendly, juicy finish. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. –JM
19. GEO WINES Carmenère-Syrah Elquí Valley Chono Reserva 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
Juicy and forward, with lots of friendly plum, blackberry and briar flavors spiked with spice and anise notes. The finish is lively. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JM
20. VIÑA MONTES Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère Colchagua Valley Apalta Vineyard Limited Selection 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
Quite ripe, featuring soft but persistent fig sauce, blackberry and boysenberry flavors laced with cocoa and pudding hints. A lacing of graphite keeps this together on the finish. Drink now. 3,600 cases imported. –JM
21. VIÑEDOS TERRANOBLE Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Reserva 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $16.00
Ripe and fresh, with good mouthfeel, this lets notes of dark cherry, spice and black tea glide along silky tannins, ending with bright acidity that allows the flavors to linger. Drink now. 7,167 cases made. –JM
22. AGRÍCOLA LLANCAY Malbec Casablanca Valley Loma Larga 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $19.00
This inviting red offers mint, boysenberry and raspberry aromas and flavors, backed by soft, rounded structure and a velvety finish. Drink now. 950 cases made. –JM
23. VIÑA SAN PEDRO Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 1865 Single Vineyard 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $19.00
Fleshy, with textbook Maipo notes of loam, mint, crushed plum and melted fig carried by nicely integrated structure. The cocoa-tinged finish is solid. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. –JM
24. ODFJELL Carignan Maule Valley Orzada 2006
Score: 88 points Price: $20.00
The structure is softening here, allowing the mulled plum, melted licorice snap, espresso and loam notes to glide from start to finish. A hint of tobacco lingers on the stylish finish. Drink now. 800 cases made. –JM
25. VIÑA ERRÁZURIZ Cabernet Sauvignon Aconcagua Valley Don Maximiano Estate 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $21.00
Dark and winey, with grape and plum skin notes framing currant, loam and baker's chocolate. Muscular on the finish, with a loamy edge hanging on. Shows the slightly rugged edge of the vintage, but with a solid core of fruit as well. Drink now through 2011. 3,000 cases imported. –JM
26. VIÑA ERRÁZURIZ Syrah Aconcagua Valley Don Maximiano Estate 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $21.00
Dark and muscular, with coffee, black licorice, loam and plum sauce notes that carry through the cocoa powder-tinged finish. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases imported. –JM
27. CASA LAPOSTOLLE Carmenère Colchagua Valley Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $24.00
Very ripe for the vintage, displaying a solid core of crushed plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, layered with cocoa powder, melted black licorice and espresso notes. Turns slightly firm on the finish, but shows solid guts. Drink now through 2011. 2,952 cases made. –JM
28. VIÑA MONTES Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $24.00
Lightly firm, with a muscular core of blackberry, currant and licorice snap notes laid over a loam and coffee undertow. Slightly chunky, but pushes through well enough on the finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases imported. –JM
29. VIÑA SANTA EMA Cabernet Sauvignon Peumo Amplus 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $24.00
Shows the vintage's hint of tomato on the edge, but offers a solid core of tangy currant and fig fruit, backed by solid toast and violet notes. The lightly grippy finish has good focus. Drink now. 1,100 cases imported. –JM
30. VIÑA CONO SUR Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley 20 Barrels 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $25.00
Ripe and fresh, with a direct beam of raspberry and cherry fruit laced with mulled spice and subtle toast hints. There's nice mouthfeel and length. Drink now. 1,300 cases imported. –JM
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