Santa Carolina Reserva De Familia Carmenère 2008 Wine Review

Santa Carolina Reserva De Familia Carmenère 2008
Rapel Valley, Chile
Community Score: 4.6/5
Community Reviews: 3
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Product #: 34942
SAQ Product #: 12162091

Price: $17.95
Alcohol: 15%
Drink: 2010-2014
Sweetness: Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Santa Carolina
Agent: Charton Hobbs Inc
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Natalie's Score: 89/100

Vintages Wine Panel: Mmm...a plush, satisfying Chilean Carmenère. Deep ruby with purple highlights in the glass, it gushes forth with expressive aromas of black cherry, black plum, licorice spice, gentle bramble, and freshly tilled earth. These characters make a delightful encore on the palate, which is dry, with an impressive core of ripe fruit, and ample structure-lending tannins. Nice concentration, and good length. Drink now or over the next 2-3 years. My note: Starts out like Cabernet Sauvignon with cedary, cassis notes on the notes and good structure but delivers those fleshy plums on the palate that make you say, “Please top me up!” Full-bodied and supple. Excellent value.

Carmenère food pairings: herbed lamb chops, rare steaks, bison burgers, hearty veggie stew.

This was reviewed October 16, 2010 by

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Peter rated this wine as 96/100 with the following review:

This wine is deep and very flavor filled, the deep purple color with red hues is very appealing to the eyes the taste and aroma is rich red and black fruit and spicy accents and an unusual a hint of soy sauce. It has deeper fruit flavor, with an underlying woodiness that adds nicely to the experience.

This wine paired beautifully with a nice grilled rib eye rubbed with garlic and rosemary, and a Sesame-Miso Cucumber Salad I made.

Please note it really needs time to open, I even suggest decanting for a few hours before drinking to get the full impact of this wine.
Dan Trcka Wine Blogger rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

The 2008 Santa Carolina Reserva De Familia Carmenère, which sits in a glass fortress that weighs more than the wine itself, is medium bodied with nice aromas of integrated dark red fruit (black currant/blackberry) and intense coconut and vanilla. It is tannic (decant for 30 to 60 min) and the finish is medium to long. It is good to drink now and has the potential to evolve for the next 5-10 years. My impression: NICE, 88 pts - bottle I tried was a bit corked. Tasted Sept/11.

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