Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere 2007
Carmenere from Chile, South America
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This Carménère is a deep purple color with red hues. 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.
"Santa Carolina’s Reserva de Familia red wines from 2007 are vastly improved from what the winery has done for the past two decades. This wine—along with the RdF Cabernet Sauvignon—show immense color and fruit, but also balance, structure and a friendliness that can’t be mass produced. This wine is loaded with cassis, cherry, cola, mint, toast and bacon. And for $15 you’d be hard-pressed to find a better, more complete red from anywhere in the world.
"Dark ruby red; mineral, scorched earth, and blueberry aromas; layered, dense, and extracted."
The Wine Advocate
Learn About 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...
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Learn About Chile
Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south - also why the country has remained phylloxera free....
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Learn About Carmenere
Carmenere is yet another grape that was eventually exiled from the
blend. In the late 1800's, Carmenere was brought over to
from France, and it never turned back. For a while, Chilean growers thought
this grape was Merlot
and labeled their wines as such. But in the early nineties, thanks to DNA...
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