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Santa Carolina Specialties Carignan 2013

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There are 6 user submitted reviews for this wine.

David BREUKELMAN rated this wine as 85/100
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This wine comes from two growers in the Cauquenes subregion of the Maule Valley. These vines are close to 100 years old and they have root systems reaching so far into the water table that they do not require irrigation. These very special vines produce less fruit, but what is produced is concentrated and delicious. They age this wine for around a year on large format barrels (300-400L). Unsurprisingly to those of us familiar with Carignan, they hold it back and cellar it so it can mellow a bit first.
A nice crimson colour - not particularly dark.
The aromas have some lovely leather, strawberry, peaches (yes peaches), cherry, and incense.
The flavours are unique and elegant. This is not a bruiser Chilean wine. It is supposed to showcase a unique grape that was once a lynchpin to the industry in the early 20th century. It takes a back seat to Carmenere and a myriad of others, but Santa Carolina has made something conversation-worthy here. Yum!
Pair it with veggie burgers made with onion and pinto bean.
Wineboy rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Lovely richness on a full bodied beauty. Classic herbs often seen with Carignan with with a ripeness that makes these herb notes attractive and enticing. In 2018 this wine is ....almost smooth..... almost. Drink now if you wish or age for a short time only (ie. 1 year)
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Deep purple bowl.fragrant dark berries, herbs, and pepper on the nose. Medium balanced tannins. Medium-full body. Juicy mouthfeel with fresh dark cherries and cola notes. Score 90.
(S.Segard, Reviewed Nov. 19, 2017)
Sean O'Regan rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby/purple in the glass. Berry fruit and spice up front with some green herbal notes behind. Medium full bodied, with good concentration of dark berry and cherry fruit with oak spice. Juicy and fresh with fine chalky tannins.
Tasted Nov, 2017
Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

There is a fun and playful candied fruit edge to this wine. Other notes of cherry cola, black briar, flowers, iron and some toast. 90 points. (www.ottawawinejournal.com)

Natalie's Review

Santa Carolina Specialties Carignan 2013, Cauquenes Valley, Maule Valley, Chile: The Carignan grapes are dry farmed, which adds richness, depth and character to the wine. Dry farming means that the grapes are not irrigated and must rely on the rain water that nature provides, however little that is in dry climates like this one. It also has the effect of producing smaller grapes or berries with more concentrated flavours. Complex, dry and savoury Chilean red wine with gorgeously rich black fruit aromas and flavours. Pleasant tarry-tart black cranberry on the finish. Full-bodied with a velvet smooth texture. Drink: 2017-2021. 213520 15% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. March 14, 2019 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine  Full Review



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