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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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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

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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


  • Concha Y Toro Carménère Casillero del Diablo 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Trio Merlot Carmènère Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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  • 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 Malbec Reserva de Familia 2008

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  • Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere 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


  • Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Red 97js Premier 2010

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    Very precise and focused on the nose with a fine, sweet herbal edge and some cedar oak hightones framing a core of tomato and currant fruit. Smooth and moderately rich considering its mid-weight size, this covers the palate with chocolate toned plum and red currant fruit. there's a gentle, and slightly creamy, oak note here as this flows to a c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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