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Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2008

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"Medium purple, Asian spices, incense, black fruits; 2-3 years aging potential; approachable now...91" WA 12/10

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Viña Santa Carolina:
Viña Santa Carolina was founded in 1875 by spirited, Chilean business visionary, Mr. Luis Pereira Cotapos. The name Santa Carolina was born from his wife and great love, Mrs. Carolina Iñiguez Vicuña. At this time, winemaking in Chile was really coming into its own. Although wine had been present in South America since the 1500s, it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s... Read more
Viña Santa Carolina was founded in 1875 by spirited, Chilean business visionary, Mr. Luis Pereira Cotapos. The name Santa Carolina was born from his wife and great love, Mrs. Carolina Iñiguez Vicuña. At this time, winemaking in Chile was really coming into its own. Although wine had been present in South America since the 1500s, it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s wine was widely consumed outside of religious purposes. Rich Chilean families were inspired by the French society including their luxury and love for good food and wine. As a result, Pereira decided to start vineyards in Chile with the classical Bordeaux grape varieties such as Cabernet and Merlot, and bring French viticultural expert, Germain Bachelet. The house in which Bachelet resided still remains a part of the Santa Carolina properties. In 1975, Viña Santa Carolina was purchased by the prestigious Larrain family; by 1986 Viña Santa Carolina was one of the top Chilean brands exported to the US and has remained among the top Chilean brands ever since. Today, Viña Santa Carolina is the 4th largest exporter of wines from Chile with 23% of the wines coming into the US and Canada alone. In 2005 Viña Santa Carolina hired Chief Winemaker Andrés Caballero who brought with him the philosophy that great winemaking is based on innovation, fruit quality, terroir expression, vineyard management and quality assurance. Under Andrés’ Caballero’s guidance, Viña Santa Carolina underwent a renaissance of quality. He has carefully explored each area of Chile from the Limari Valley in the North to the Maule Valley in the South examining terroir and climate in accordance with each varietal. Viña Santa Carolina owns 650 hectares (1600 acres) of vine and sources fruit from an additional 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) throughout the country to ensure the highest quality. Experimentation and expertise has set Viña Santa Carolina apart from its competitors. Although Santa Carolina is now more than 130 years old, it’s never been so young and dynamic. Tradition and history are not just a façade but are in fact at the heart of everything the winery does while innovation remains an inspiration. This is what Viña Santa Carolina refers to as “Chilean Heritage”. Viña Santa Carolina has a great diversity across its portfolio offering over 35 different wines across several price points featuring the grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Carignan, Chardonnay, Syrah, Carmenère and more. Each wine has been carefully selected from a region best suited for its development based upon the vitacultural findings of Andrés Caballero and his winemaking team. Celebrating over 130 years of winemaking, Viña Santa Carolina has become an inspirational wine brand from Chile that consistently meets consumer expectation across all key price points from value to ultra premium. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,409
4.50 5
12/12/2011

Lots of perfumed baking spices and vanilla on the nose. Hints of lavender and ivy accent the core of dark wild cherry fruit that shows hints of juniper. Exceptionally smooth on entry with a dusting of powdery tannins which work their way through the dense fruit in the mouth. The acid is present but a bit in the shadows. Powerful extracted dark espresso tinged fruit emerges on the mid-palate with a nice back note of mineral. This is almost tarry in the mouth with some menthol character and nicely aromatic fruit that recalls the nose. Very polished and yet very powerful with dry, almost savory fruit. 91pts


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,043
3.50 5
09/25/2011

The nose showed intense, spicy blackberry jam, animal musk and coffee notes. On the palate, it was smooth and velvety, yet balanced with wild berries, dark chocolate, and subtle cinnamon. The finish was long and saturating with intense dark chocolate-covered dried cranberry. The tannins slowly melted away on the finish and showed great potential for the future of this wine.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
09/15/2011

Very tight nose, but we didn't have it open long. Loads of spice, dark fruit, blackberry and boysenberry. Black plum as well. Odd because of the reserved nose, because it becomes extremely aromatic on the palate. Lots of perfume and floral tones. Lush red and black berry fruit. Violets and lavender. Slight oak. Some cigar tobbaco and it finishes on very bitter herbs, which detracts a bit from the experience.


Snooth User: Lucha Vino
24961290,834
3.50 5
10/13/2011

Sour currant earth espresso cocoa spices on the nose with a nice cherry cola and dry cedar tannin finish slightly sweet with bell pepper on back of nose and palate


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
09/15/2011

bold powerful dark fruit, tighter tannins, has ability to age for awhile, dark chocolate and currants


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
0.00 5
03/03/2012

Simple yet wonderful Cabernet from Chile. Really up and coming area. Bold beginning but fruit forward at the same time. Medium to heavy bodied with mild tannins. Could sit for a while but ready to drink now.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.50 5
09/14/2011

Deep red and purple hues display complex aromas of chocolate and pepper underpinned by cedar and some cassis. Very full and structured with a finish that pervades the palette


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
0.00 5
09/14/2011

About Reserva de Familia from Carolina Wine Brands: “Reserva de Familia” are wines that look for elegance and complexity, concentration and typicity. 135 years of Tradition and Heritage, in a single and refine wine.


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External Reviews for Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia

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03/27/2010

This Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright vivid ruby red colour. It features ripe cherry and black currant with chocolate and pepper aroma, enhanced by sweet spices and vanilla and cinnamon notes. On the palate, this dry and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon offers a perfect balance between fruit and oak, ripe and soft tannins and a lingering finish.



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This Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright vivid ruby red colour. It features ripe cherry and black currant with chocolate and pepper aroma, enhanced by sweet spices and vanilla and cinnamon notes. On the palate, this dry and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon offers a perfect balance between fruit and oak, ripe and soft tannins and a lingering finish.

"Medium purple, Asian spices, incense, black fruits; 2-3 years aging potential; approachable now...91" WA 12/10

Notes: Additional 6 months in bottle


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