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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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Rapel Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • Cono Sur Ocio Pinot Noir 2012

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    Very complex Pinot. Read More

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • 20 Barrels Pinot Noir Limited Edition 2012

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    Bright garnet red, aromas of red tree fruits, pencil shavings and shoe leather; flavor notes of dried strawberries, ripe raspberries and black cherries with a thread of graphite and cola caressed by integrated oak. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Chateau Los Boldos Momentos Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Somewhat light Sauv Blanc with lemon peel and touches of white pepper. Decent acidity but not much of a finish. Decent for the price, a pleasant mid week sipper. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mascara de Fuego Cabernet Sauvignon

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    No written review

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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  • Casillero del Diablo Reserva Carmenere 2011

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    Aromas of blackberries, chocolate and oak, with well-balanced acidity and strong but round tannins. The chocolate and dark fruity flavors linger and delivers a long smooth finish. I was positively surprised by this wine, and it went excellent with strong cheese and beef. Read More

    Wine review by MetteinCoMo


  • Trio Merlot Carmènère Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by rodrigolopezb


  • Casillero del Diablo Reserva Carmenere 2011

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    Earthy plum on the nose, cocoa, plum and bright berry flavors with a black pepper bite, nicely balanced, and smooth finish to add to the luxurious mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by Kovas 50 States Of Wine


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva de Familia 2011

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    Spicy on the nose with a nice base of oak joined by aromas of earth, blue fruits violets, green herbs and brambly fruit. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this delivers pretty big flavors of earth, toasty oak, blueberries, sage and cherry fruit. A hint of sweetness adds roundness to the palate which shows fairly soft tannins, though some wood tann... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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