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Viña Santa Rita Merlot Rapel Valley 120 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

gehaltvoller, fruchtiger Rotwein

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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 Merlot Rapel Valley 120

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Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
3.00 5
11/01/2009

Earthy scent. Dry, tangy and a bit powdery.


Snooth User: anstett
85299929
1.50 5
08/31/2010

Not sure about this wine. I tried it the first glass on one day and liked it. Then the next night (sealed as I normally do with my wine) and it was a totally different wine - not in a good way. I have a second bottle to try again but with so many other good buys out there I am not inclined to put this on the to buy again list. And had the second bottle that I had in the cellar this past weekend (8/29) and my impression did not improve at all on this. Oh well they can not all be good bottles.


Snooth User: normal
35030043
1.50 5
02/14/2010

It tasted ok after a few minutes of breathing, but smelled pretty bad (to me, at least). I probably won't buy this again.


Snooth User: Wordgeek
3913754
3.00 5
02/23/2010

A very drinkable Merlot, and better than I expected for the price. Balance is a bit on the tannic side, but some very nice hints of chocolate and strawberry.


Snooth User: bfkirby
43031161
2.50 5
02/25/2012

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Viña Santa Rita Merlot Rapel Valley 120

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright ruby. Attractive aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola and black pepper. Sweet, supple and round, with good intensity to the straightforward dark fruit flavors. In no way complex but very easy to drink and avoiding the greenness of so many inexpensive (and expensive!) merlots. Finishes with lingering sweetness and an echo of pepper.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This rich, ripe Merlot comes from 20 year old vineyards in Chile's cool Lontue Valley. The wine has a deep ruby color, with plummy fruit and spice flavors and a smooth, velvety finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Eucalyptus and tobacco flavors give this wine a distinctive personality but dominate the light cherry flavors. Firm tannins allow it to stand up to grilled meats. Best from 2000 through 2003.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

A clean, basic red wine thatrsquo;s focused on standard berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Fresh but simple, with limited raspberry and cherry flavors along with a touch of vanilla. Competent but entirely regular.



Tasting Notes:

Brilliant violet dark. Aromas of red and forest fruits, notes of leather and vanilla. Juicy, soft and ripe tannins and a very elegant finish.

gehaltvoller, fruchtiger Rotwein

Closure: Stelvin


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