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Wine Picks March 4, 2016

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Red Wine

Santa Carolina Cachapoal Carmenere 2014, Chile: A beautifully seductive Chilean Carmenere at an incredibly great price. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and a hint of smoke and spice. Velvet texture on the tongue. Perfect party wine. The grapes for this wine come from the winery's La Rinconada estate vineyard. Try this with meat and a mild to medium curry. Drink: 2016 - 2018 460089 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Merlot 2015, Chile: Juicy, full-bodied and luscious with fleshy ripe flavours of purple plums and raspberry jam. Smooth and supple. This is an incredible price for this quality. Great party wine. Finishes with sweet spices. Pair with spaghetti bolognese sauce, meat balls, meat lovers' pizza and veal stew. Drink: 2015 - 2018 361741 12.5% D 750 mL $8.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Reserva Merlot 2014, Chile: A full-bodied, smooth and delicious Chilean red wine. This Reserva Merlot is more subtle and less fruit forward than the winery's regular Merlot. It also shows more smoke and toasty oak from barrel aging. The grapes for this wine are grown in the winery's Los Lingues and Miraflores estate vineyards planted on the slopes of the Andes. Aromas of spice, cinnamon, dried tobacco leaves, cigar box. Pair with poultry, gouda or edam cheese or ragout. Merlot food pairings: bbq spareribs, grilled steak, prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2019 324590 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Shiraz 2015, Central Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, smooth Chilean red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Notes of black plum and blackberry with some oak and spice. Simple, straight-forward and well-priced. Pair with roasted skirt steak or fettuccine al ragu. Drink: 2015 - 2017 644062 12.5% D 750 mL $8.45 Score: 86/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Rapel Valley, Chile: Firm tannic grip on the palate of this full-bodied Chilean red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Decant 1 hour. Aromas of black currant and cassis with toasty oak. Finished with sweet toasted wood notes. Pair with a rare steak.Great price. Drink: 2016 - 2018 535344 13% XD 750 mL $8.95 Score: 86/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile: Juicy and full-bodied with fleshy flavours of black plum and blackberry. Smooth and supple. Finished with spicy sweet wood notes and toasted oak. Pair with chicken fricassee. Drink: 2015 - 2018 245282 13% D 750 mL $8.45 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Chile: Full-bodied Chilean Cabernet, with a firm tannic grip on the palate. Decant 1 hours. Aromas of blackened fruit and toasty oak and smoke. The grapes for this wine grow on old vines in the winery's Miraflores Estate vineyard. Finishes with cedar and cigar box. Pair with a bolognese sauce. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled steak, back ribs, brisket, roast beef. Drink: 2016 - 2019 275925 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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