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Wine Advocate gives Chilean wine top scores in recent tasting

Photo by Jenny Downing/Flickr

Photo by Jenny Downing/Flickr

Recently released scores from a 2011 Wine Advocate tasting showed exceptional results for Chilean wines. Nearly 600 wines received a score above 85 points, 200 wines received scores over 90 points, and nearly 100 wines scored over 91 points. These scores represent the strong increase in the quality of Chilean wine over the past few years.

The tasting by the now-retired Jay Miller, revealed that Chilean wines have vastly improved in quality over the past few years. In fact, the 2011 vintage earned both the highest individual scores and the largest quantity of high scores than in any of the preceding years.

“We’re excited to see that the hard work and innovative techniques used by the wineries and winemakers in Chile is showing through in their wines,” said Lori Tieszen Executive Director of Wines of Chile USA, “The quality of Chilean wines continues to rise and these scores are further affirmation of that.”

In his report, Miller says, “Just in the five years that I have covered Chile for The Wine Advocate, there has been a steady progression in the quality of the wines. Most of it has to do with taking advantage of the country’s many previously unexploited regions, particularly the cooler coastal regions in the production of whites, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon is still King but it is being challenged.”

A full report of Miller’s scores and tasting notes can be found on The 2012 Wine Advocate, Wines of Chile tasting is scheduled with Neil Martin in the Wines of Chile UK offices in the coming months.

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