The influential wine critic Robert Parker responsible for the advertisement-free publication The Wine Advocate has now published the results of the Chilean wine tasting and blind assessment that took place in May 2011. There has been some delay, probably due to some controversy over allegations of bribery in Spain, when The Wine Advocate’s taster for Chile, Jay Miller, left the company. Nevertheless the results are finally in and we present the top 10 Chilean wines, all of which have secured a rating of Outstanding or Extraordinary. Robert Parker’s point system (Parker points) ranges from 50 to 100 with the following breakdown:
Score Description
96-100 An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.
90-95 An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80-89 A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable
70-79 An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60-69 A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly
dirty aromas or flavors.
50-59 A wine deemed to be unacceptable

Here’s the the top 10 Chilean Wine List. Hunt out a few bottles of these gems for yourselves (the Carmín de Peumo is very well worth the effort in our opinion):

Rating Points Estate & Wine Label
Extraordinary 96 Viñedo Chadwick (Errázuriz)
Cabernet Sauvingon 2008
Extraordinary 96 Carmín de Peumo (Concha y Toro)
Carménere 2007
Outstanding 95 Montes Folly (Montes)
Syrah 2007
Outstanding 95 Carmín de Peumo (Concha y Toro)
Carménere 2008
Outstanding 95 Viña Seña
Seña 2008
Outstanding 94+ Concha y Toro
Don Melchor 2007
Outstanding 94 Montes
Alpha M 2007
Outstanding 94 Viña Tabalí
Payén Syrah 2007
Outstanding 94 Von Siebenthal Toknar
Petit Verdot 2007
Outstanding 93+ Undurraga
Altazor Red Blend 2007

Have you tasted a better Chilean wine? If you have let us know in the comments below.


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