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Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
  • RP91
  • WE90
14.5% ABV
  • JS91
  • W&S94
  • JS91
  • WS90
  • RP90
  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color. It offers prominent cherry and blueberries aromas with soft hints of chocolate and toffee. On the palate, the wine is concentrated and perfectly balanced with soft, ripe and velvety tannins. Lovely flavors of dark fruits which mix with notes of coffee, smoke and truffles. The final is long and lingering.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium purple, Asian spices, incense, black fruits; 2-3 years aging potential; approachable now.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This wine’s menthol aromas and fresh ripe cherry flavors mask the warmth of its alcohol, offering a juicy and vibrant contrast. The flavor concentration gives it amplitude, and while the tannins feel a little rough, they should smooth out with a year or two in bottle.
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Santa Carolina

Santa Carolina

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Santa Carolina, , South America
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.

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Never lacking in color, tannin, or bold, mouth-filling texture, Mourvèdre is most commonly deployed to provide substance in blends with Grenache and Syrah/Shiraz. Despite being better known by its French name, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, originally known as Monastrell. In Spain, it is one of the most commonly planted red grapes, serving as the principal variety in regions such as Alicante, Jumilla, and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it produces singular red and rosé wines along with Grenache and [Cinsault]. It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, where those blends are frequently mimicked.

In the Glass

Mourvèdre/Monastrell is responsible for robust, heady wines with dark berry fruit and a somewhat gamey quality. At its finest, it takes on brambly red and black fruit flavors and hints of herbs, leather, dark chocolate, and licorice. It can be prohibitively tannic in its youth, but well-aged examples can show an impressive degree of elegance and an attractive perfume. In blends with Grenache and Syrah, Mourvèdre provides fleshy texture, tannic structure, and deep color.

Perfect Pairings

This earthy Mediterranean variety loves rustic food—think cassoulet, wild boar ragu, or smoky ribs. Mourvèdre’s tannins are bold but not bitter, lending the wine the weight and texture it needs to pair with such hearty fare.

Sommelier Secret

Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but it was unfashionable and its presence was quickly declining in the late 20th century. In the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley (aptly named the Rhône Rangers) brought the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and “GSM” blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.

FED53724_2008 Item# 103158

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