Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chile is a country that has been producing some magnificent wines in recent years. One very distinctive quality that I really enjoy about these wines is the earthy and mineral characteristics that come particularly with the reds, which makes them very enjoyable. I recently tried a Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2010 made by Santa Rita. It is called 120 Cabernet Sauvignon, in honor of 120 legendary patriots who fought for the independence of Chile, and also used the wine cellars of Santa Rita as a place of refuge. This wine is produced from the Central Valley, which is one of the most important growing regions in Chile. The wine has a deep purple color to it, and on the nose earthy tones with spicy black fruit. The first sip has smooth tannins with blackberry and a nice earthy finish. It was a great deal at only $7, and I would definitely recommend it. It would be great with red meat, or even enjoyed in good company by itself.
Another great Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is made by Los Vascos, which is owned by Domaines Barons De Rothschild out of France. With vineyards located in the Colchagua Valley, this winery is always putting out great reliable wines. This 2006 I tried does not have quite the same earthiness to it as the Santa Rita, but is still a great wine and leaves you with a nice finish of black cherry and plum, with balanced tannins and acids.
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