Chile is one of the hottest regions for great wines at reasonable prices, writes James Suckling. Pinot noir seems to be the grape type really excelling, offering quality similar to Burgundy, while cabernet blends continue to make the top wines. Here are
2013 Seña Valle de aconcagua The aromas are super, with blackcurrant, rose petal, mint, lavender and stone. A full body, incredible fruit density, complex, yet it’s agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly polished. A Bordeaux blend. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2019. 99 points
2014 errazuriz pinot noir aconcagua costa pizarra
A new super pinot noir from the owners of Seña. Shows depth, finesse and length. Gets the full Burgundy treatment, showing the great character and style of Chilean pinot noir. Burgundian winemaker Louis-michel Ligerbelair consulted on this wine. Drink now. 98 points
2011 Montes Syrah Valle de colchagua Montes Folly
Fabulous aromas of dark berries with granite, flowers and sliced raw meat. A full body, velvety texture and incredible length. Clearly the best syrah of Chile. Drink and enjoy. 97 points For more wine recommendations, visit
and 2011 lapostolle Valle de colchagua clos apalta Always one of the benchmarks of the vintage in Chile. A great red with polished tannins that have tension and intensity— and make you want to drink it. Shows wonderful reserve and focus. A blend of carménère, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.