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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  • 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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  • Concha Y Toro Malbec Casillero del Diablo 2012

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    Wine review by Slice00


  • Anakena Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley 2010

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    It's crap. Thin, no nose, little varietal character. The last third of my bottle went down the drain. I will never buy any wine from this winery again. There is too much good wine to waste your time and money on this wine. Read More

    Wine review by pikeman


  • Chardonnay Colección 2010

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    Mid-depth bordeaux color. The vibrantly fresh nose of this wine sings of Carmenère! Soy, tomato leaf, spice cake and a whiff roasted green bell pepper meld together. The tannins are soft and caressing and the acidity is popping, making this an easily enjoyed red. Some heat shows through on the modest finish, which is most distracting when sipped... Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Anakena Chardonnay Rapel Valley 2010

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    Bought this wine when I was visiting in Florida. Totally forgot about it until now.A light straw color, aroma of tropical fruits with orange and melon more dominate. On the palate the fruits came out but were muted. Because of the color, I was looking for oak but it wasn't there. Enough acid makes this a nice food wine but can do well on its own... Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Concha Y Toro Merlot Casillero del Diablo 2010

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    Wine review by krkissick


  • Pknt Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Collection

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Anakena Chardonnay Rapel Valley 2010

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    Chardonnay is my favorite and this one as well, but with a hint of Apricot - although a bit more acidic but exquisite. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Indo Anakena Cabernet Sauvignon Cachapoal Valley Premium Selection 2009

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    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Concha Y Toro Merlot Casillero del Diablo 2010

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    This is decidedly herbal and smoky on the nose, with a lot of dried herb and grassy aromas accenting the cocoa- and leather-scented black currant and black berry fruit. This is surprisingly soft on entry with a smooth, glossy mouth feel supporting lovely spiced plum and blackberry fruit flavors. The tannins are ripe and polished, with a creamy e... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Concha Y Toro Merlot Casillero del Diablo 2010

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    A little rubbing alcohol- like on the nose, with some new, rubbery tennis balls (is this a defect?). very soft wine in taste, not my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton


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