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Santa Rita Reserva Carménère 2009

I am always on the lookout for Carménère since enjoying a fantastic Chilean Carménère a couple of months ago. When I happened upon Santa Rita Reserva Carménère 2009 in the wonderful wine shop by sister’s house, I was quite excited as it’s not a commonly stocked varietal [at least in upstate NY]. The Santa Rita winery was founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez. It has changed ownership through the years and continued to acquire additional vineyards and brands, some located outside Chile, such as in Argentina. Always growing, in 2009 they formed Nativa Eco Wines to focus solely on producing organic wines, and currently they distribute their wines in over 75 countries. They are strongly committed to sustainability in all of their vineyards, and are passionate about their mission of “making people’s moments enjoyable.”

Dark red-violet in colour, intriguing aromas of roasted jalapenos, fresh cilantro and juicy cherries radiated from the glass. Fruity flavours of cherry and blackberry were supported by crisp bell pepper, and earthy leather and tobacco elements in the medium body.  Wisps of smoky campfire infused spicy black pepper and bitter chocolate notes in the elongated, velvety finish. With bursts of intense flavours it is an easy drinking, fruit-based glass that enjoys a meal.
100% Carménère
Valle Del Rapel
Produced and Bottled by Viña Santa Rita S.A., Santiago
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2013
*Rated 87 points by Wine Spectator

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