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Viña Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley 120 2015

Member Review by raindance:

Binny's 5/2016. Much better than the Pinot Noir by the same vintner. Yes, I am comparing apples to oranges. That said, I still had my socks on when I finished the tasting of this bottle. So for $6 in pocket change, a value purchase.

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Viña Santa Rita:
Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha in the area of Alto Jahuel where the main installations of the winery are currently located. From the very beginning, he introduced fine French varieties, winemakers and the most advanced winemaking techniques. From the end of the XIX century until the mid 70´s, Santa Rita developed... Read more
Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha in the area of Alto Jahuel where the main installations of the winery are currently located. From the very beginning, he introduced fine French varieties, winemakers and the most advanced winemaking techniques. From the end of the XIX century until the mid 70´s, Santa Rita developed under the ownership of Mr. Vicente García - Huidobro, father of the famous Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro Fernández. In 1980, the Grupo Claro acquired the Santa Rita property, giving a strong impulse to the enterprise in all of its scope, introducing great technological improvements and wine elaboration techniques unknown in Chile at that time. At the end of the 80´s a great expansion period for Santa Rita starts, sustained by the great momentum experienced by its exports and the excellent reputation acquired by its products, which obtained important awards and worldwide recognition. Read less

Member Reviews for Viña Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley 120

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Snooth User: raindance
2001541,901
3.00 5
12/26/2016

Binny's 5/2016. Much better than the Pinot Noir by the same vintner. Yes, I am comparing apples to oranges. That said, I still had my socks on when I finished the tasting of this bottle. So for $6 in pocket change, a value purchase.


Snooth User: drdonuts
53872223
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 09/28/2010

You just can't beat this wine for the price. A nice everyday, affordable wine with big fruit and a smooth finish.


5.00 5
Vintage: 2013 05/25/2013

Five glasses


Snooth User: Pickit4flavor
1377361941
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/23/2016

the upside for this wine was that it is organic, and it comes across the palate better chilled, but I would not want another bottle.


Snooth User: NiagaraWiner
584182488
2.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/21/2012

Pale straw in colour. This is a young wine.Very citrus bouquet with some peach. Distinctly off-dry and tart. Tickles the taste buds with its acidity. Lacks complexity.


Snooth User: bon vin
56627532
0.50 5
Vintage: 2012 12/12/2010

One half glass


Snooth User: dthamm
6781762
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 11/16/2011

Two and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Viña Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley 120

External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/20/2011

2002 Casa Real - Descorchados, 95 Points and "Best Chilean Red"/


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/20/2011

100 Best Wines of 2007/ From Carneros Viejo, a vineyard planted in 1962 on Santa Rita's estate in Buin, this traditional red has been one of the finest examples of Chilean cabernet sauvignon since the first release in 1989. The 2001 offers complex notes of leather and earth, sweet spicy flavors and exuberantly ripe red fruit. Soft and deeply concentrated, this has the potential to develop for another five years or more.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/20/2011

Drinks with Les Dames: Cecilia Torres, Santa Rita/ A great example of how well Santa Rita’s upper-tier wines can age, this one has smoothed out a bit and has taken on a lusher quality than when it was first released. Rich, ripe blackberry and currant flavors, with roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and sweet, smoky earthy notes that fold together on a long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/20/2011

/ When I was in Chile in January, the winery presented the 1999 Casa Real. It seems clear that Santa Rita Casa Real is on of Chile's benchmark wines.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/20/2011

/ ...purple colored with complex aromatics of spice box, tobacco, graphite, red currants, and black currants. It has an intense entry onto the palate with spicy, layered flavors, ripe tannins, and great balance in its full-bodied personality.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 04/17/2013

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 late owner, Ricardo 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 super-premium wine is the outcome of a careful selection of grapes from Santa Rita’s finest and most historic vineyard at the winery’s famed Alto Jahuel Estate in Chile’s Maipo Valley. Low yields from mature 40-year-old vines favor a rich, supple, full-bodied red, endowed with smooth, enduring tannins and fruit. This is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop in complexity over a period of many years. Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon is made only in the finest vintages and is the culmination of more than a century of winemaking tradition and expertise, combined with contemporary, state-of-the-art technology. It is designed to serve as a lasting reminder of Santa Rita’s commitment to produce the finest wine our terroir has to offer. Production Area Maipo Valley, Chile From the Carneros Viejo vineyard, in Santa Rita’s famed Alto Jahuel estate in Chile’s Maipo Valley. The area enjoys a sub-humid Mediterranean climate. The Andes Mountains create a significant thermal oscillation between day and nighttime temperatures, and a gradual fall in temperatures as summer concludes, resulting in a slow ripening of grapes that facilitates concentration of fruit and optimal development of tannins. Soils are alluvial in origin, stratified and slightly sloping, of medium depth and texture, and basic pH. Grape Varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vinification Fully-ripened grapes are hand picked in a vineyard first planted in the mid 1950s. Grapes are partially crushed and fermented in French oak barrels, permitting ideal temperature control, for about 12 days, followed by another 15 days of pos-fermentation maceration. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is stored in 100% new French oak barrels for 16 months, with a racking off after 6 months to obtain a finer evolution of it tannins. The wine is bottled and aged for a further year prior to release. Color Ruby red with good intensity Bouquet A commanding bouquet of ripe fruit, black currant and blueberries, lend freshness and elegance exquisitely mingled with delicate notes of oak, tobacco and vanilla lend sweetness and persistence. Taste Highly concentrated, intensely flavored and rich in tannins, with a full, magnificent body and a remarkable, sleek finish. Alcohol 14.5% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with steaks, venison, game birds and ripe blue cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/20/2011

/ Dark and muscular, with lots of tobacco, cocoa, loam and currant notes supported by dense but fresh tannins. Has ample length on the finish. Not as dynamic as previous vintages, but still outstanding.


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