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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere 2009
Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere 2009
(search item no. 111651)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Carmenere has a deep purple with red hues colour. Its aroma is of red and black fruit, coupled with a spicy character and a hint of soy sauce. On the palate it's full-bodied, very well balanced between fruit and oak. Intense but at the same time very integrated elements, it is a complex wine with lingering aftertaste. This wine has a long finish, mouthfeel comes in layers that comes back as different elements of the wine appear.
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About Vina Santa Carolina:

The year was 1875. When Don Luis Pereira came to Chile with vinestocks from Bordeaux France and a dream to create an unforgettable wine. An elixir of such romance and intrigue, he could find no name more perfect than that of his cherished wife, Doña Carolina Iñiguez. And so, his creation would be called Viña Santa Carolina.

From the time that he transplanted the first vines to the virgin Chilean landscape, an unmatched tradition of excellence in wine making began. From that day forward, the name Viña Santa Carolina became a symbol of excellence in winemaking, both in Chile and throughout the world. And the vineyards would remain for all time as a tribute to their enduring love.

The original wine cellar of Viña Santa Carolina is now a national monument and Santiago's only standing building constructed of cal y canto, a mixture of egg white and limestone that was once the city's trademark. Some of the original vinestocks are still yielding vintage wine today - a rare feat, credited to Chile's natural geographical protection from the phylloxera plague that has periodically ravaged the vineyards of France and California. Thus, Viña Santa Carolina's classic varietals boast some of the world's longest pedigrees.