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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.
Intense ruby-red in color with complex aromas, dark fruit such as black currants and blueberries lend freshness and elegance, warm notes of oak, vanilla, and tobacco lend sweetness and persistence. Well-structured with delicate balance and elegant tannins, this wine's concentration and potency indicate that it will age well for more than ten years.
"Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed bouquet combines sexy red and dark berry compote, potpourri and smoky spices. Stains the palate with deep but energetic raspberry and blackcurrant flavors, betraying no rough edges and picking up exotic rose pastille and anise nuances on the back end. Manages to be both lush and energetic, and finishes with outstanding clarity and persistence. More vibrant than the outstanding 2004, with even more cellaring potential."
International Wine Cellar
"From a vineyard planted in the early 1970's in Alto Jahuel, this is a classic Chilean cabernet. The 2005 vintage produced an exceptional Casa Real, with aromas of tobacco and rosemary that meld with the seductive, black fruit flavors. It's soft and warm, a meaty cabernet for steak."
Wine & Spirits
"Very stout and rich, but nothing soft about this perfectly healthy, benchmark Chilean Cab. The nose pours forth with earth, licorice, balsamic notes and sly plum aromas, while the palate is cuddly but agile, with good balance and pure flavors of black fruits and chocolate."
"The nose shows off aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, tar, licorice, and blackberry. In the mouth there is significant tannin that will mandate 6-8 years of cellaring. The wine has tons of fruit but whether it will come into balance remains to be seen. If it does, my score will seem conservative."
The Wine Advocate
"A dark, brawny style, with coffee and bittersweet cocoa leading the way for black currant and braised fig fruit notes. There's a long, muscular, loam-filled finish. Drink now through 2011. 1,000 cases made."
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...Read More About Santa Rita
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....Read More About Chile
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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