Santa Carolina Petit Verdot 2014 Wine Review
Santa Carolina Petit Verdot 2014
Rapel Valley D.O., Chile
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 88/100
Santa Carolina 2014 Gran Reserva is produced from 100% Petit Verdot. Typically, Petit Verdot is blended into other wines to give structure and colour, but this one is fantastic on its own. However, Santa Carolina Winery has been making wine for 140 years and the experience shows in this lush and layered spicy red with ripe black fruit, savoury herbs, oak spice and smoke. Pair with a roast venison.
Petit Verdot food pairings: three cheese pizza, pasta and rich tomatoe sauce, pork sausage cassoulet.
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This Santa Carolina Petit Verdot 2014 was reviewed on March 14, 2019 by Natalie MacLean
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|Greg Hughes rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
Grown along Santa Carolina's La Rinconada vineyards, in the Rapel Valley, this wine is always a pretty solid value.
It was hand harvested and fermented in steel. Later, it was moved to French and American barrels for aging. It probably got a small amount of time to rest in the cellar as well; given the aggressive nature Petit Verdot exhibits in youth.
This vintage comes from 2014, which was a good year for Chile, so Verdot thrived.
This wine has a beautiful deep ruby colour, with purple hues. Aromas of incense, fudge, black, and blueberries.
It's quite smooth and is entering its prime window now, but will hold on for at least 5-7 years. More chocolate, charcoal, and jammy berries and plum. Hefty and delicious.
Petit Verdot can be a pretty big pain in the butt to grow, so it wouldn't be smart to make one unless you are willing to put in special effort.
It is extremely sensitive to less than ideal seasons, cannot handle water stress, and the grapes grow differently than similar varietals (two clusters per cane instead of one). The berries are small, high acid, and have thick skin. Awesome value!
|From the Rapel Valley wine region, Santa Carolina 2014 is a well-priced Gran Reserva 100% Petit Verdot. The grape is usually employed in a blended wine to give body, structure and colour. It's one of those brush-your-teeth-after-you-drink black grapes for red wine. But the Santa Carolina Winery in the Rapel Valley has been in operation for 140 years and with that, a lot of experience with various grapes and they've done a magnificent job on this vintage. The wine is naturally full-bodied with firm tannins, but some lovely savoury, dark fruit and refreshing acidity to match on the palate and finishes with cedar, vanilla and dried herbs lingering on. Decant for an hour prior to serving. Pair with wine-braised game ribs. - Community Wine Reviews|
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