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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Viña Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2011

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  • Viña Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2011

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    Sweet black and blue fruits wrapped i sweet toasty oak spice notes greet the nose. The oak is a touch aggressive on the nose and air brings out a smoky, charry edge. Rich and dense in the mouth this offers up edgy blueberry and blackcurrant flavors layered over cedary oak and dried herb tones. the acidity is well integrated and the tannins a bit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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


  • Château Los Boldos Cabernet Sauvignon Momentos 2011

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  • 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


  • Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Red 97js Premier 2010

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  • Mascara de Fuego Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Red 97js Premier 2010

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    Color: Intense purple color. Nose: Notes of rosemary and red pepper with chocolate and tobacco aromas. Palate: Medium structure with pleasant acidity and juicy red fresh fruit at the finish. Service and Food Pairing: The ideal companion for pastas, pork and grilled red meat. Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


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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


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