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2009 Santa Carolina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

April 22, 2011 - Norman Bentley

Having been born in Napa, California, I have confessed on many occasions that I have a strong preference for Napa Cabs, and since Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite wine, I have sampled quite a few over the years. It is, therefore with no small acclaim, that I now say that there are Cabs from Chile for twelve or fifteen dollars which will best a lot of Napa Cabs in the twenty dollar range!

I sampled the 2009 Santa Carolina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile recently, and would say it is one of those wines. This is a bold and elegant Cabernet with a big nose, and an abundance of rich dark fruit. The flavors swirl with cherry, currant, and a hint of chocolate, and sail on into a lingering mild oak finish. The wine spent nine months in small French and American oak barrels where it developed this balanced finish between the fruit and the oak.

We enjoyed this wonderful bottle of wine with skewered cubes of filet mignon, and chunks of pineapple and onion basted with teriyaki sauce. These kabobs were cooked to a perfect medium rare, and served with yellow saffron rice. The Santa Carolina Cab was great with this meal, and was proof of the fine value in wines from Chile. Norm's score on this one is a 90.

Price: $11 to $15

Score: 90


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