2007 Santa Rita "Pehuen" Carmenère Apalta Valley (Elsewhere $60+)

SKU #1214030 94 points James Suckling

 A carmenere with lots of mineral and mint aromas plus hints of dark fruit such as blackberries. Full body, firm tannins and an elegantly austere finish. Very fine. Made from 70 year old vines. Drink now or hold.  (8/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Pungent, intensely perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, licorice and vanilla, with slow-building spiciness and a smoky overtone. Broad, palate-staining blackcurrant and mulberry flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and pick up a bitter chocolate nuance with air. Shows very good energy on the oak-spiced finish, which clings with noteworthy tenacity and lingering sweetness. This wine has more than enough fruit to support its oak. (JR)  (5/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This toasty, briary version displays a grippy edge to the black currant, fig and cocoa powder notes, which stay racy and defined through the full-bodied, loam-tinged finish. Very solid, with an old-school feel.  (11/2011)

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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine.