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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere 2011

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    Have never been a Rosé guy before, but this is totally different. Great wine. Read More

    Wine review by Bsberlin22


  • Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere 2011

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    citrus, orange peel, and lemon zest aromas with a tinge of herbal notes. bit of zing on the palate, refreshing, crisp. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere 2011

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    Acidic on the nose with grapefruit, and something heavier lurking behind, almost musky or meaty to me. Tastes a bit perfumed but with a salty quality. Fruitier nuances linger on finish. Acidic but not overly mouthwateringly so, not too much sweetness here. I'd definitely do this again. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton


  • Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere 2011

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    Herbal and mineral on the nose with lemony base notes and retrained red currant and cranberry fruit. Bright and crisp on entry with spicy herbal and big mineral notes that reverberate on the fairly fruity but tight palate. Nice crushed raspberry fruit with a hint of lingonberry on the backend and then this settles into a long, decisive, mineral ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Viña San Pedro Carmenère Lontué Valley Gato Negro 2009

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    Bouquet of violet and lavender with strong red currant and some wet stone aromas. Rose petal. Pretty and fragrant. On the palate, a good acid profile. Fresh currant and red berry fruit. It's a floral, feminine style. Some fresh green herbs. Minerality with indications of pencil shavings. It's vibrant and pretty, but as time goes, the acid... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Cono Sur Bicycle Sauvignon Blanc Valle Central 2011

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    Fresh with a touch of green herb and tarragon on the nose, all over kiwi and gooseberry fruit. This shows a lovely mouth feel. A touch of RS balances the acid, which is sort of soft but still perky on the back end, with sour melon and lemon notes. Short on the finish. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Concha Y Toro Malbec Frontera 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by riatn


  • Castillo de Molina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Cachapoal Valley 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Proud2bCuban


  • Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc Casa Silva 2011

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    Grassy, jalapeño, a little asparagus, grapefruit, cats pee, zesty in the mouth, nice cut here, salty, lean and focused, slightly pith citrus character, little leesy on the midpalate, nice. It on finish, almost peppery finish, good length, light peach and grapefruit pith finish, tense stuff, 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 35 South Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009

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    dark fruits and jammy up front, moderate tannins, good finish Read More

    Wine review by bobcatpunk


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