Santa Rita Reserva Carménère, 2006
The Santa Rita winery owns vineyards in Chile’s most exclusive wine making valleys. It owns vineyards in the Maipo Valley, Casablanca Valley, Rapel Valley, Leyda Valley and in the Lontué Valley. Santa Rita is the second largest land-owning winery in Chile. With access to diverse climates and soils, Santa Rita is able to produce a wide variety of world-class wines showcasing the remarkable quality and versatility of the country.
Over the past decade Santa Rita’s viticulturists have adopted a number of practices to enhance site and varietal characteristics which include the following: sustainable agriculture, better clone material, improved trellising and irrigation techniques, balanced vine viticulture, restricted yields, leaf and canopy management, later harvesting, individual block farming, and small-lot vinification . We recently enjoyed a bottle of this reserve Carménère with a dinner off the grill. This wine is quite a "stand-out" for its dark fruit and vegetal characteristics. On the nose are fresh green peppers, cherries and cedar. This is a medium to full bodied wine with a deep red color and an elegant, smooth mouth feel. On the palate, ripe black fruit, bell pepper, espresso, tomato and roasted herbs commingle to create a luscious and balanced wine. This wine will appeal to people who enjoy vegetable characteristics in their wine. Interesting and different!