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Rapel Valley is a vast region within the Central Valley of Chile. It is home to two subregions, the Colchagua Valley to the south and Cachapoal Valley to the north, both very famous in their own right. The Rapel river divides the sections, coursing through the region carrying Andes mountain runoff from the east to the Pacific in the west. 
 
Most Rapel Valley wines are labeled as either Colchagua or Cachapoal Valley, and each also has its own subregions (why be simple?), with the rest often labeled just “Valle Centrale.” Therefore, while it is considered its own encompassing wine region, “Rapel Valley Wine” is not something people often say. 
 
Most of the wines from this part of Chile are red, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot and Malbec. Though whites are produced in small quantity and tend to be Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. 
 
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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • There will be 3 Chilean Pinot Noirs at the NWC - 2 are here:The CyT 2012 ... ... at least 2.  The 2012 Rapel Valley Carmenere is a good, solid food offering.  The 2nd pinot is the highly hyped Terra Noble 2013 El Algarrobo Vineyard Reserva bottling - no personal knowledge - bought on advice from friends that live across the street and have bee... Read More

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  • Vina Maipo Vitral Carmenere Reserva 2013

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    This was my second bargain pickup from a supermarket in Cabo during my vacation, it cost me 79 pesos all in, which made it about a $4.30 US wine inclusive of tax. Actually, that price was because it was on a half-off sale at WalMart. Frankly, this wine was stunningly good for the price - a smooth, fruit forward but fairly complex and intense w... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Carménère Rengo Cuvée 2009

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    good balance of fruits and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Merlot Rapel Valley 2008

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    nice cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Floral and fresh on the nose with zesty spice and ripe red fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of cream. This is expansive on the palate with generous strawberry and cherry fruit preserves that border on the richness of pie filling before sloping off towards earthy oak spice, cappuccino and chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva 2015

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    Breezy and light on the nose, with the slightest touch of a green note but raspberry, red currant and cherry fruit taking the lead. Quite light and cheerful on the palate, this brings candied cherry and mixed berry fruit, bright acidity and an earthy finish of dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2012

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    the upside for this wine was that it is organic, and it comes across the palate better chilled, but I would not want another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • La Palma Cabernet Sauvignon Cachapoal Valley 2006

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    Vino ligero, color a cerezas, con notas de frutilla, pimienta suave y leves notas a chocolate, de taninos suaves, astringencia media y equilibrado al paladar. Read More

    Wine review by justinov


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Dark, brooding and smoky aromas of black pepper spice, dusty blackberry and earthy dark chocolate. This shows more fruit on the palate, with black cherry and blackberry flavors leading the charge amidst smoky earth, zesty cinnamon and cedar box spice and a finish that's somewhat creamy and carries some charred oak and black olive notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anakena Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley Chile 2014

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    Binny's 5/2016. July 4th weekend. This started out on the wrong foot, bitter grapefruit. However, it turned into a wonderful refresher on day two and three. Why, don't know. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Awesome wine! Can't get enough of it in Canada.

    Comment by 1971650Jean Ragan 1971650 Jean Ragan


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