An­dean Artistry

Af­ter tasting 1,300 wines from Chile and Ar­gentina, James Suck­ling and his team se­lected the top 100 wines of the An­des. The list high­lights the di­ver­sity and high qual­ity of South Amer­i­can wines, and is pub­lished on James­suck­ling.com. Here are the top 10

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adri­anna Vine­yard Mal­bec Men­doza For­tuna Ter­rae 2012

In­cred­i­ble mal­bec pu­rity and clar­ity. So much wild flower and stone. Full body, firm and silky tan­nins, and in­cred­i­ble depth and pre­ci­sion. La Tâche of Ar­gentina. A def­i­ni­tion for mal­bec. 3,000 bot­tles made. Try in 2018 and on­wards. 100 points su­sana balbo Wines Valle de uco nosotros sin­gle Vine­yard 2011 A late-re­leased wine with gor­geous black­berry, blue­berry and flo­ral un­der­tones. Full body, ul­tra-fine tan­nins and a fo­cused and beau­ti­ful fin­ish. It shows so much pre­ci­sion and in­ten­sity, yet al­ways re­fined. A blend of the best wines that year. An icon wine for Ar­gentina. 98 points 100 points Con­cha y Toro Cabernet sauvignon don Mel­chor puente alto Vine­yard 2012 Won­der­ful aro­mas of black olives, meat and cur­rants. Hints of fresh mint. Full to medium body, with sub­lime tan­nin tex­ture that feels like the finest silk. A fin­ish that lasts for min­utes. Palate has amaz­ing en­ergy of rich­ness and fresh­ness. A great wine. So lay­ered and bal­anced. 93% cabernet sauvignon and 7% cabernet franc. Drink or hold. 98 points

Viñedo Chad­wick Cabernet sauvignon Valle de Maipo 2014 De­fines el­e­gance and power at the same time. Com­plex aro­mas of blue­berry, black­cur­rant and liquorice. Full body yet re­fined. Chile’s first per­fect wine and well de­served. Bet­ter in 2020.

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