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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Santa Carolina Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Chile 2004

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    Peach & lime - not too sweet with nice balance of acid Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom


  • Anakena White Blend Rapel Valley Ona Viognier Riesling Chardonnay 2010

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    A bit of oak, hints of dried apricot, citrus, some smoke on the nose, not bad but not overly exciting. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 20 Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition 2011

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    Riper than their regular bottling with a bit of guava, nice spice and a touch of roasted chili. Bright, dry and firm on entry with nice lime fruit up front followed by a hint of tropical fruit. Round, slightly grassy and showing a bit of currant fruit on the back end. A nice mineral wash with the fruit on the finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Concha Y Toro Sauvignon Blanc Terrunyo 2011

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    Earthy, leesy, floral, dusty and mineral on the nose with subdued, innate greengage plum sweetness. On the palate this is open and fairly rich with some herbal notes, more melon and a touch of gunpowder, all leading to a soft yet fairly intense finish with lemon oil notes. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Concha Y Toro Sauvignon Blanc Terrunyo 2011

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    Very light and fine on the nose with gooseberry and lees aromas and tense blades of grass. Tense and in a more mineral style, with nice depth, lovely ripeness and real clarity on the vibrant, mineral and peach skin mid-palate. Dusty on the finish with green apple and spice notes wrapped in a lovely mineral gauze. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sauvignon Blanc

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    Described as a fresh and crisp bouquet, elegant, round and mouth-filling, balanced by a crisp finish. Enjoyed at Matachica resort in May of 2012. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Terra Andina Carménère Rapel Valley Reserva 2008

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    Wonderful wine at a great price. This wine pairs perfectly with a variety of foods. It worked so well as a table wine that I am buying several cases of it for my upcoming wedding. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Terrunyo Carmenere Block 27 Peumo Vineyard 2008

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    Earthy, bit of game, toasted nut note, low on the nose, this also has some orange oil, bright, earthy on the palate as well, transparent with really firm black fruit, edge of huckleberry, firm tight finish, a bit short finish, this is a bit inky, a bit petty Syrah-like with purple fruits and violets. 87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Concha Y Toro Malbec Casillero del Diablo 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Carmen Merlot Rapel Valley 2010

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    Carmen seems to have deteriorated over last two years. There is an acidic edge to it that is hard to palate with underpinnings of harsher tannins than previous years that lend to it a less pleasant experience. A parting of the ways is in order. Too bad as CArmen had produced some very good years. Read More

    Wine review by grapevariety11


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