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. 
 
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  • Carmenère

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Lapostolle Carmenere Casa 2012

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    Wine review by raindance


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha 2013

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    This wine is our favorite..Our only local store that we can find it at,"Martin's" has been steadily raising it's cost in just the last month. At start, both the Frontera Cabernet and the Merlot started at $8.99. We prefer the purple label Merlot, and bought it often. It went straight to $14.99, then the Cabernet at $8.99, went to $10.99, then th... Read More

    Wine review by elobettye


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha 2013

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    Wine review by elobettye


  • Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Red 97js Premier 2010

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    I liked this one quite a bit although apparently Lapostolle is not known as a Cabernet Sauvignon winery. It is not too deep but tasty without a lot of bitterness. The flavor doesn't last particularly long but it is quite nice with a dinner or for sipping. It's not particularly hearty and benefited from some time sitting out. I would purchase it... Read More

    Wine review by tomlib


  • 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


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • 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


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva Estate 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha 2013

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Rayun Syrah Central Valley 2010

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    Wine review by mark


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