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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 91690)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Ruby red with good intensity

Bouquet: A commanding bouquet of ripe fruit, sweet plum and black currant, exquisitely mingled with delicate notes of leather, tobacco, vanilla and clove, enhanced by subtle nuances of mint and exotic spices.

Taste: Highly concentrated, intensely flavored and rich in tannins, with a full, magnificent body and a remarkable, sleek finish.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy with steaks, venison, game birds and ripe blue cheeses.

"Santa Rita's flagship is the Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2002 Casa Real is 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. It needs 5-7 years of further cellaring and will drink well through 2037."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 points

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About Vina Santa Rita:

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 present 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. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.