Hidden Treasure Wines of South America

South America is a virtual treasure trove of fine and rare wines.  We pride ourselves of having the finest selection of these rare and hard to find wines.  We LOVE South American wines because the value/quality of these gems are unmatched by any other region in the world.  Chile has such an incredible climate structure featuring two opposing temperature zones.  The hot, arid, mountainous region to the north, and the freezing-cold Antarctic climate to the south, and in between these two opposing climates are fertile valleys and regions where most of the country’s wines are made.  Argentina also has an amazing climate but more than that, the high altitudes of Argentina keeps the grapes cooler during the day while at the same time they receive more solar radiation and ripen quicker then grapes grown at sea level.  The result is more water stressed vines that have lower yields but better fruit concentration.  The wines from these areas are often prized for their longevity and overall fruit concentration.

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A visit through our in-stock inventory revealed the following treasures:

Bodegas Del Desierto 2006 Cabernet Franc, Argentina (90 points – Wine Spectator)
Regular $29.99 / Sale $26.9920 Bottles Available
Really inviting, with gorgeous toasted vanilla and dark espresso notes leading the way for lush plum, fig and blackberry fruit flavors. Underlying tobacco and roasted earth notes add length to the full-bodied finish. Only 65 cases produced. This wine was made by world renown winemakers Sebastián Cavagnaro and Paul Hobbs.

Bodegas Del Desierto 2006 Red Blend, Argentina (90 points – Wine Spectator)
Regular $29.99 / Sale $26.99 7 Bottles Available

Very ripe, but defined, with fig cake, melted licorice and raspberry ganache flavors that ride over a layer of spice and graphite. Nice buried acidity keeps it all together on the finish. (47% Cabernet Sauvignon/37% Malbec/16% Cabernet Franc). Aged 20 months in French (70%) and American oak (30%).. 1,330 cases made.

Luca Malbec Uco Valley 2009, Argentina (92 points – Robert Parker)
Regular $35.99 / Sale $26.997 Bottles Available

The 2009 Malbec spent 16 months in 60% new French oak. It displays a fragrant perfume of lavender, wood smoke, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry leading to a smooth-textured, succulent, easygoing Malbec with a bit of hidden structure and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Although it is likely to evolve for 1-2 years, it can be approached now and over the next 10 years.

Michel Torino Altimus 2003, Argentina (89 points – Stephen Tanzer)
Regular $49.99 / Sale $39.9914 Bottles Available

A blend of 60% Malbec, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from this producer’s best sites; aged 18 months in new French oak) Deep medium ruby. Cassis, black plum, mocha, chocolatey oak and a meaty nuance on the inviting nose and palate. Supple, pliant, layered and rather laid-back, with good vinosity giving the wine inner-mouth lift and very good flavor definition. Finishes with sweet, broad tannins and a lingering note of chocolatey oak.

Viu 1 Vintage 2004 (90 points – Stephen Tanzer)
Regular $65.99 / Sale $55.992 Bottles Available

Exotically perfumed bouquet of ripe dark berries, incense, Indian spices and mocha. Lush, creamy and sweet, with deep blackberry and cassis flavors, supple tannins and excellent finishing thrust. There’s a good dose of oak here, but the fruit handles it well. This is ready to drink.

Concha Y Torro Terrunyo Carmenere 2005, Chile (93 points – Robert Parker)
Regular $44.99 / Sale $39.993 Bottles Available

When Carmenere is bad, it’s very, very bad. But when it’s good? it’s sublime as Terrunyo, a winery under the Concha y Toro umbrella, has demonstrated on several occasions. The 2005 Carmenere is opaque purple in color with a kinky perfume of smoky oak, violets, spice box, blueberry preserves, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to a silky textured wine with remarkable richness, concentration, and depth. This opulent effort conceals enough structure to evolve for 3-5 years but can be enjoyed now as well as over the next 10-15 years.

Santa Ema Rivalta 2003, Chile (90 points – Robert Parker)
Regular $59.99 / Sale $49.991 Bottle Available

Concentrated but pure, with red and black currant fruit supported by loam, tar and tobacco leaf notes. The fruit dominates for now, but there’s also fine minerality underneath, so cellar short term for better harmony. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

San Pedro de Yacochuya 2000, Argentina (92 points – Wine Spectator)
Regular $39.99 / Sale $29.991 Bottle Available

Exotic fruit here, with black fig, dark plum and very ripe boysenberry flavors. Long, dense and plush, with plenty of toast, black tea, spice, bacon and milk chocolate notes. Powerful finish picks up some admirable grip too. A heady wine for the hedonist crowd.