Viña Santa Rita Chardonnay Casablanca Valley Medalla Real Special Reserve 1998
Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Winemaker's comments : Intense ruby red in color, this wine mingles ripe raspberries, plums and blackberries highlighted by a nuance of mint. On the palate, its fine concentration and excellent structure provide this wine with an extended ageing potential. Complex aromas are elegantly complemented by notes of leather, vanilla and toffee originating from its prolonged ageing in barrels. Winemaker : Cecilia Torres Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region : Maipo Valley Climate & Soil : The climate is sub humid Mediterranean. The rains are mainly concentrated in winter with an annual average of 500 mm. Spring is cool and dry, while summers are hot with temperatures reaching over 30ºC. The influence of the Andes Mountains causes a thermal oscillation of over 15°C between day and night. Temperatures gradually begin to decrease towards the end of summer, thus permitting a gradual ripening of the grapes, and allowing them to maintain the fruit concentration and the proper tannin ripening. Alluvial type soils with a franc upper layer 80 -100 cm in depth. A loamy lower layer ensures proper drainage of rain water while allowing deep radicular system growth. Vinification : Grapes are rigorously selected and hand picked. The harvest was aimed at privileging mature tannin quality. Once the grapes were destemmed and partially crushed, they were fermented in French oak tanks at temperatures between 24° and 26°C, in order to preserve its fruit and obtain maximum skin extraction. The wine was pumped over three times a day at the start of fermentation and gradually decreased to one pumping over per day during the final phase. Post fermentation pellicular maceration was carried out for 10 days to obtain a balance between fruit and tannins. Suggested Food : Ripe blue cheeses, wild fowl, lamb, red meat with Roquefort or black pepper sauce. Technical Details : pH: 3.58 acidity: 5.40 g/lt alcohol: 14.5 C residual sugar: 3.0 g/lt Ageing Potential : Ageing was performed in new French oak barrels. Ideal temperature: 16°C in wineglass.
Wow! outstanding wine. Full of cassis, red and black berries, plums, tobacco, earth, and a refreshing yet elegant touch on mint. Some vanilla and bitter chocolate complement all the fruit. Great tannins, big, well structured, very long and persistent finish. This is a wine that will last several years. terrific piece of treasure here.
Notes from 6 November, 2010. The wine has been in my cellar since August 2007. Simply outstanding. Very balanced, clearly "old", but still full bodied, dark berries, oak, earth, some mint & vanilla. Well structured, long & persistent. This was the the right time to enjoy this bottle. Shame it was the only one I had.
This is a great wine for the price especially to impress family members who enjoy a good glass of cab. The delicious taste of plum and black currants with hints of tobacco, vanilla and the aroma of cloves can be easily smelled and tasted as you enjoy this wine. We had Steak au Poivre for dinner and it was a perfect pairing (even though we didn't plan on it) I will certainly get few of these in my cellar.
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