Vina Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Casa Real Alto 2007
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+ 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.-
My Rating 89. Complex nose with fruity but dry nose. Good balance with plenty of tannins and good complexity berries . Nice finish
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.
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 Vina Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Casa Real Alto
This rich, ripe Merlot comes from 20 year old vineyards in Chilersquo;s cool Lontue Valley. The wine has a deep ruby color, with plummy fruit and spice flavors and a smooth, velvety finish.
Smoke, herbal and plum aromas lead into a light-bodied, graceful Merlot that sports crushed raspberry followed by easy tannins on the finish. Drink now.
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.
Good dark fruit - currant, plum and raisin - with coffee and herb notes and a coating of bittersweet chocolate. Burly for a Merlot, but I like its guts. Drink now through 2005.
Pleasant mix of red and black berry fruit, with noticeable herb hints as well. Slightly firm on the finish for a Merlot, but good character. Drink now.
Weedy and herbal, but there are also black cherries and mocha on the nose and bitter chocolate and coffee on the palate. Finishes with toffee, smoke and herbs, offering surprising complexity in a wine of this genre.
Food Pairings for Vina Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Casa Real Alto
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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