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Wine of the Week – Santa Carolina VSC Assemblage 2010

This is a wine with a strong personality that shines through and introduces newcomers to the long heritage of Chile’s Santa Carolina. It’s described by the winery as its “emblematic” wine, one that “summarizes the winery’s spirit.”
Deep red color reflects the rich blend of 60% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Malbec. Red fruits abound, with raspberry and plum notes and a floral hint of violets. Well balanced and elegant, it has a long finish.
Grapes are sourced from the Cachapoal Valley in Chile’s central zone and are hand picked. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and later, after pressing, malolactic fermentation occurs before the wine is aged in new French oak barrels. The wine is 14.7 ABV. Visit http://www.santacarolina.cl

Wine of the Week – Santa Carolina Herencia 2009 Carmenere

Wines from Chile offer some great values and Santa Carolina’s 2009 Herencia Carmenere is an excellent example of the elegance this native grape can deliver. with a winemaking tradition dating to 1875, Santa Carolina’s focus is wines that showcase the terroir and are made with an emphasis on sustainable, organic principles.
This wine joins other vintages, acclaimed by various publications which ranked them anywhere from 93 to 94 points. With a deep ruby red color, Herencia is 96 precent Carmenere, three percent Cabernet and one percent Malbec. The wine offers notes of cedar, vanilla, leather and in the finish, chocolate. It is 14.8 percent ABV.
The grapes come from two major winemaking regions- Peumo in the Cachapoal Valley and Los Lingues in the Colchagua valley. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and transferred to first-use French barrels and later, in medium-toast French barrels especially chosen for it. Once it is bottled, Herencia is aged another year.
On as personal note, this wine was the star of the show at a recent Super Bowl party we took it to! Sharing great wine with good friends is what wine is all about. This is a wine that people will enjoy and ask for again when they dine out.

Wine of the Week – Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Estate Reserva 2013

Santa Carolina’s Leyda Estate is located near the Pacific Ocean in Chile where the terroir lends aromatic complexity to the wines, with floral notes, touches of grapefruit and peach and minerality. Drink with salads, ceviches, and seafood. The winery has a rich tradition dating to 1875 when Louis Pereyra Cotapos hired a French winemaker to make top quality Chilean wines, named for his wife, Carolina.
In 1973, the cellars received National Monument status. Damaged in a major earthquake in 2010, the winery was rebuilt, the start of a new stage in its history.
Producing quality and improving and developing new production techniques has brought Santa Carolina numerous accolades and honors throughout the years across the variety of price ranges it offers. Go to http://www.santacarolina.cl/