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Deep ruby-red. Aroma of violets, sweet tobacco and juicy blackberries and hint of oak. Ripe and smooth tannins with...Read more...
First Taste - Poured through an aerator, I was immediately confused by the bouquet. Overwhelming musty, basement smell, thought "corked" immediatel... Read more
Ok. Not the best wine I've ever had, but not the worst either. Read more
Rating 87 point. Very firm structure and good nose. This wine needs more time to develop. Keep and enjoy in 3 years. Tasted again in 2013 and now a... Read more
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First Taste - Poured through an aerator, I was immediately confused by the bouquet. Overwhelming musty, basement smell, thought "corked" immediately. But then it opened up more and some oak rolled out with some other hints, including vanilla that barely came out. Color - Deep blackberry color. Taste, typical Cab Sav yet lacking the tannins. Not silky tannins but very light. I thought it was quite balanced and slightly acidic. Tart. I am going to give this one a day two try, but not a fan at first taste. WOW. After recorking and resting til the next time this wine really came into its own. The bouquet was alive and fruity, Black Currants jumped out onto the palette and the tannins were close to perfect. After reading other reviews of products of this vineyard I feel better now, this is just a wine you do not want to open and pour.
Ok. Not the best wine I've ever had, but not the worst either.
Rating 87 point. Very firm structure and good nose. This wine needs more time to develop. Keep and enjoy in 3 years. Tasted again in 2013 and now a rating of 90. Wine has developed and is much more even in taste with some tar like aromas and elegant nose. A joy to drink now.
My Rating 89. Complex nose with fruity but dry nose. Good balance with plenty of tannins and good complexity berries . Nice finish
Rating 87+ hard to tell still closed in. Firm body with plenty of tannins. Good complexity that needs time. Nose is light but very well balanced. Keep for a couple of years and enjoy. Price relationship very good $ 9.-
caramel and wood scents medium body, a bit tangy slight warm finish
Very fruit forward, almost a little jammy, New World style Cabernet Sauvignon. I tasted black currant and maybe some blackberry in the mix.
External Reviews for Gran Hacienda Reserva Merlot
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: `Pale yellow. Potent lime and white peach aromas are complicated by jasmine and dusty minerals. Racy deeply concentrated citrus and melon flavors offer excellent palate coverage and tangy grip finishing clean and long. Pretty impressive.` (Mar/Apr '08) 90 points Wine Spectator: `Bright and pure with lots of mache sweet pea chive flower and mineral flavors backed by a bright tangy finish. This has solid length and richness.` (06/08) 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Floresta from the cool-climate Leyda Valley is a first class effort with an expressive bouquet of minerals fresh herbs grapefruit and gooseberry. Round and complex the wine has exceptional depth and concentration. Should be consumed over the next 1-2 years. Santa Rita produces a wide range of wines in all price categories. A significant number offer excellent value and the top wines are Chilean icons.` (10/08)
Dark fruits, baking spices, and soft tannins make this the perfect wine for cold-weather comfort food. This is ready to drink tonight, and won't disappoint your guests.
All vineyards are planted in vertical shoot position in order to obtain good sunlight exposure and airing. The crop is restricted to 7-8 ton/ha so as to get concentrated grapes. During the season, irrigation becomes a critical factor for this variety since it is very sensitive to water stress. The idea is to reduce water availability down to pea size to produce medium size berries and vigor control, then allowing the roots to feed the plant with enough water for good ripening, without any excess, while keeping a small growth of leaves at the tip of the shoots.
Bursting with aromas of luscious tropical fruit fresh green apples and a zesty note of orange peel. Silky fruity and refreshing. Medium-bodied and round.
Deep ruby-red. Aroma of violets, sweet tobacco and juicy blackberries and hint of oak. Ripe and smooth tannins with a long finish.
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