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Santa Rita Carmenere 120 2011

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Color: Intense ruby red with violet hues. Bouquet: Ripe red fruit and fragrant spices. Taste: Fresh, light-bodied and...

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Pehuén 2005 - 94 points, WineReviewOnline.com/ If you have yet to taste an exemplary Carmenère to learn what this grape can be at its best, you ow... Read more

Pehuen 2005 - 90 Points, Wine Spectator/ A muscular, loamy style, with coffee, licorice and black currant notes frame by a dusting of cocoa powder... Read more

Pehuen 2005 - 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ In just its second vintage, this high-end Carmenere is worthy of praise. The bouquet is well-built on ar... Read more

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External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pehuén 2005 - 94 points, WineReviewOnline.com/ If you have yet to taste an exemplary Carmenère to learn what this grape can be at its best, you owe it to yourself to do so…. shows marvelous aromatic and flavor complexity with notes of eucalyptus, woodsmoke, anise, Asian spices and crushed blackberries. Its density and power are outsized, but its proportions are symmetrical, with the result that it seems balanced and natural--but in a really big way.  There’s plenty of wood and tannin, but more than enough fruit to counterbalance them, and this should continue to improve for another decade.  A damned impressive wine.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pehuen 2005 - 90 Points, Wine Spectator/ A muscular, loamy style, with coffee, licorice and black currant notes frame by a dusting of cocoa powder, followed by a solid, polished finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pehuen 2005 - 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ In just its second vintage, this high-end Carmenere is worthy of praise. The bouquet is well-built on aromas of mint, chocolate and herb-infused black fruit, and the palate feel is woven from fine tannins, generous extraction and good acids. Flavors of lush plum, berry, vanilla, spice and coffee make for serious drinking and pondering.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pehuen 2005 - 91 Points, International Wine Cellar/ Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet of red and dark berries, potpourri and licorice. Succulent dark berry flavors are complemented by fresh herbs and framed by silky tannins. Balances deep, sweet berry fruit against tangy minerals on the long, focused finish. I'd bet on this rewarding another five years of patience.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pehuen 2005 - 92 Points, Wine Review Online/ This impressively intense, deeply flavorful wine provides another nail in the coffin for the view that Carmenere is a just a useful blending agent rather than a potentially great wine grape variety in its own right. Packed with scents and flavors of sweet dark berries, it also shows accents of spicy oak, cocoa powder, and black licorice. There's plenty of tannin to provide structure, but there's also so much sweet fruit that the balance works out very harmoniously.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/08/2011

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile’s Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile. In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Gruppo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile’s most successful and innovative estates. This superb wine is intense and deep with a rich crimson red color. Its complex bouquet of fresh black fruit and spice notes, signature to this variety, is elegantly combined with the characteristics given by the oak aging. Potent and concentrated while maintaining its elegance and richness, it is a flavorful and persistent wine with excellent ageing potential. Production Area Apalta (Colchagua Valley) and Maipo Valley Grape Varieties 95% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Vinification De-stemmed and partially crushed grapes were cold macerated for five days prior to the fermentation process which was carried out at 28°C. Frequent pumping-over was performed during two thirds of the time and then reduced by half so as to extract the maximum potential from the wine. Post fermentation maceration for 20 days allowed this wine to develop its characteristic sweetness and roundness. Pehuén was aged for 20 months in first use American and French oak barrels in order to obtain maximum complexity. It was then bottled and stored for 12 months before release. Pehuén is composed of 95% Carménère and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are harvested from exclusive vines dating back to the 1940s. Alcohol 15.1% Serving Suggestions Matches well with barbecue, venison, wild game and fowl, ripe cheeses, and spicy red meats.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pehuen 2005 - 92 Points, Wine Advocate/ The 2005 Carmenere Pehuen exhibits wood smoke, pencil lead, violets, licorice, and blueberry. This leads to a layered, nearly opulent wine with mineral, chocolate, and spice notes making an appearance. Impeccably balanced, concentrated, and long.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Intense ruby red with violet hues. Bouquet: Ripe red fruit and fragrant spices. Taste: Fresh, light-bodied and elegant with a commanding, fruity flavor rounded out by soft tannins. Serving Suggestions: A perfect match with lamb, chicken and hearty stews.

Color: Intense ruby red with violet hues. Bouquet: Ripe red fruit and fragrant spices. Taste: Fresh, light-bodied and elegant with a commanding, fruity flavor rounded out by soft tannins. Serving Suggestions: A perfect match with lamb, chicken and hearty stews.

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