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Old 02-15-2009, 08:29 PM   #1
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Best Buy: Santa Rita 120 Cabernet, 2006

I found this wine on sale in my local supermarket for $6 a bottle, with a tag noting that it had received an 89 rating from W&S. Well, I don't always agree with the reviews but you seldom find wines with this high a rating in this price range so I had to give it a try.

This time I agree. Beautiful deep ruby red color, nice aroma, complex fruity flavor with nice overtones of cassis, blackberry and current. Slightly bitter finish - but not a serious flaw.

Overall, I really like this wine. It's an honest, full-bodied cabernet and should be opened and allowed to breath for at least a half hour. Although ready to drink now, I also suspect that this wine would hold up to and benefit from another year or two of aging.

I paired it with a pasta dish with grilled chicken, spinach and a parmesan cream sauce. It was a good pairing, but this wine would go best with beef or pork. Not a wine for wimps - my wife, who prefers lighter reds (merlots and carmerieres) didn't especially like it.

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Old 02-15-2009, 08:49 PM   #2
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On June 15, 2008, Senior Editor James Molesworth of Wine Spectator gave this wine 84 points and said this about it: "Light and fresh, with modestly juicy raspberry, cherry and vanilla notes. Open-knit finish. Drink now. 380,000 cases made." Release price was $9.

There are a lot of tremendous bargains in wine these days, and things will probably get better as the economy gets worse.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:34 AM   #3
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Different tasters will obviously have different opinions and ratings, particularly with less expensive wines. I won't take issue with the 84 rating from WS. However, I completely disagree with the tasting notes. I definitely wouldn't characterize this wine as "light and fresh".

Here are the tasting notes from the Wine & Spirits review: Santa Rita 2006 120 Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America - "Surprisingly powerful and rich in fruit for its price, this offers black currant and cassis over youthfully rustic tannins. Give it some pork." -Wines & Spirits Value Picks. Rating: 89
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