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Viña Santa Rita Merlot Rapel Valley 120 2009

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

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.

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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

External Reviews for Viña Santa Rita Merlot Rapel Valley 120

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A clean, basic red wine that'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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.



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