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Santa Rita Triple C Red Blend Maipo Valley 2013

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Santa Rita Triple C Red Blend Maipo Valley 2013

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Wine Advocate 90 Points
The harmonious 2013 Triple C had much better integrated oak than the 2011 I tasted last time. From Maipo, it is a Bordeaux blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Carménère, which now seems to be constant across vintages. It has a classical nose mixing black and red fruit with spices and an herbal touch. The palate is medium-bodied and revealed fine tannins, good balance and good freshness.

James Suckling 90 Points
A delicious red with berry, currant and chocolate character. Medium body, lovely tannins and a juicy finish. A blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and carmenere. Why wait? Drink now.

Tasting Notes
This superb wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, three varieties originally from Bordeaux that have been carefully cultivated by Santa Rita. Triple C benefits from the best of the Old and New World, combining the elegance of traditional grape varieties with state-of-the-art New World wine making techniques. The specially selected grapes are grown at Santa Rita's Alto Jahuel Estate in Maipo Valley.

Well-developed bouquet with a rich combination of blackcurrant and the floral nuances associated with delicate undertones of graphite, tar, chocolate and vanilla.Elegant and well structured, this wine has an excellent balance and wonderful persistence.

Food Pairings
Delicious with wild game and fowl, ripe cheeses, and spicy red meats. The wine is unfiltered in order to completely maintain its character, therefore we recommend decanting it before serving.

Alcohol by volume: 14.8%

The Winery
Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.

Previous Reviews
2011 Vintage
Wine & Spirits Magazine 92 Points
Santa Rita's home base is in Alto Jahuel, in the southern reaches of the Alto Maipo. Farther from the influence of the mountains than vineyards to the north, closer to Santiago, Alto Jahuel tends to be warmer. Any effect of that warmth, however, is diminished in this wine from the cold 2011 vintage. A blend of cabernet franc (65%) plus cabernet sauvignon and carmenere, it's firm and rich, layered with black currant, dark cherry and plum flavors over a dense network of tannins. Still youthful, this could use five years in the cellar before opening it for grilled pork chops.

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
($40) Aromas of tobacco, vanilla and licorice are nicely intermixed with black fruit scents. The palate on this blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère is hard driving and focused. Flavors of plum, currant and spice hold steady across a tannic, mildly abrasive finish. Drink through 2020.

2010 Vintage
James Suckling 93 Points
A red with complex aromas of blackberries, blueberries and mint. Full body, with fine tannins and flavorful finish. It seduces you with all the dark fruit character in a reserved way. Aged about 17 months in barrel. 65% cabernet franc, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 5% carmenere.

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
($40) Slightly green, minty aromas of tobacco, spice, purple flower and sawdust filter onto a structured, lively palate. Flavors of dark berry fruits are accented by mint, coffee and chocolate, while the finish hits with controlled heat and herbal berry flavors. Drink this Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon – Carménère blend through 2020.

2008 Vintage
Wine Spectator 93 Points
Top 100 Wines of 2013; Rank #47
'Highly Recommended'
($40) A powerful red, with a surplus of dark plum, blackberry and dark currant flavors that are pure and focused, wrapped in layers of vanilla and cream. The long finish is filled with dark chocolate and wild herb notes. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. Drink now through 2020.
–KM

2007 Vintage
Wine & Spirits Magazine 94 Points
'Year's Best'
A blend based on cabernet franc (55 percent) with cabernet sauvignon and carmenere, this is a powerful Triple C with muscular black fruit. The concentration is matched by tannins as strong as steel girders. Despite being six years old, it seems not to have aged at all. Cellar it a few more years to let the wine's complexity develop.

Wine Spectator 92 Points
($40) Big, juicy and lush-tasting, with impressive length and power to the dark chocolate, cassis, black olive and slate flavors. Very broad and intense midpalate, offering hints of cream and cardamom. The succulent finish is supported by muscular tannins. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. Drink now through 2020.

Wine Advocate 90 Points
The 2007 Triple C is a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Carmenere that is aged in new French oak for 20 months. The palate is full-bodied with succulent, ripe tannins, lovely red berry fruit laced with balsamic and orange rind that leads to a nicely composed, muscular finish that manages to retain fine focus. The oak is neatly folded into this red blend and it should merit a couple ofyears in bottle.

Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Smells like fortified wine and licorice at first, then more like earth and smoked meat. High acidity gives this blend a racy quality but also astringency, while flavors of blackberry, prune and licorice are very nice.

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