Rapel Valley Wine

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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. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2012

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    A bit tight on the nose with an early hint of minerality followed by black currant and black cherry aromas that are trailing notes of dried thyme, wood smoke, and a hint of clove. Moderately rich in the mouth and well structured, this shows off some well integrated yet firm wood tannins , though it does seem just a touch soft, or perhaps a bit t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva Estate 2012

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    Lovely aromas of dried and braised herbs greet the nose along with layers of toasty and slightly nutty oak, dried mushroom, and very rich and pure currant fruit with a hint of purple plum as a top note. Smooth and to a degree quite restrained considering the aromatics. this is classically structure with some firm but well measured tannins focusi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rayun Syrah Central Valley 2010

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    This smells hugely candied on the nose with carob, sweet cardamom and Indian spice note, cola and tea accents. It is a veritable spice box. Soft and low on entry, though much drier and more precise than the nose suggests. Slowly some blackberry fruit emerges on the palate, which has some gentle sweet spice character but nothing like the nose. Th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Carmenere 2011

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    Sweet and toasty on the nose with fine vanilla scented powder sugar base notes and lovely crushed currant, floral and cardamom aromatics. Moderately rich with nicely integrated acids and some firm if small tannins supporting plummy black fruit that is simple and a little jellied tasting. The finish is a touch short though there remains enough f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Los Boldos Grand Cru 2009

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • 20 Barrels Pinot Noir Limited Edition 2012

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    I couldn't even end my glass. It's all alcohol. I would have rather drinking nothing at all. Read More

    Wine review by Vespinosa79


  • U Cabernet Sauvignon By Undurraga 2012

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    Bought this today, only because it is on 'special' in the supermarket! I'm generally not a fan of Chilean wines, but I loved this one. It has a beautiful aroma and is fresh, fruity and bold without leaving an after taste in your mouth. I bought it to enjoy with an Autum beef pie, but ended up enjoying 2 glasses on their own before the pie was co... Read More

    Wine review by Ndakanatswa


  • Casillero del Diablo Reserva Carmenere 2011

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    Very good wine considering the copious availability and the low price. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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