Arauco, a brand just recently launched in the United States is begnining to receive widespread critical acclaim. From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar two "Very Good to Excellent" ratings for the Arauco Reserva Sauvignon Blanc and Reserva Carmenere. Download the shelf-talkers now!
By Josh Raynolds
2011 Arauco Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Central Valley 87 Points
($13) Light yellow. Aromas of lemon zest, herbs and pine, with a touch of white flowers in the background. Round and fleshy for a Chilean sauvignon blanc, offering warm, slightly loose-knit pear and candied citrus flavors. This very fruity wine finishes with good cling and a touch of heat.
2010 Arauco Carmenere Reserva Central Valley 87 Points
($13) Opaque purple. Youthful black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by notes of black pepper and woodsmoke. Light-bodied, taut blackberry and mulberry flavors deliver good energy but could use more depth. The clean finish shows good cut.