Selection Santa Rita Triple C
Triple C is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, and represents a new direction in Chilean fine-wine. Aged in French oak barrels and unfiltered, the wine has the depth and complexity that would reward a few years cellaring.
Rating 92 Points
Wine & Spirits
“Blending 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenère, and 55% Cabernet Franc (the three c’s of the name), this red combines exuberant, ripe black fruit with herbal notes and the menthol typical of Alto Maipo. The texture is opulent and firm, setting the wine up for a tremendous future. Even so, it’s seductive now with slow-cooked venison.
Publication Santé, January 2009
Aromas of concentrated fruit, berries, plum, and dried fig with hints of spice and leather. Complex and elegant with well integrated tannins and full, persistent body. Garlicky dishes; Camembert.
This superb wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère, three varieties originally from Bordeaux that have been carefully cultivated by Santa Rita. Triple C benefits from the best of both the Old and New World, combining the elegance of traditional grape varieties with state-of-the-art New World techniques. The specially selected grapes are grown at Santa Rita’s Alto Jahuel Estate in Maipo Valley, Chile, approximately 40 miles from Santiago. Triple C represents a new style in Chilean winemaking, becoming a true expression of Chilean nature; complex and abundant.
From Alto Jahuel and Maipo Valley. The climate is semi-arid Mediterranean. Rain is mainly concentrated in the winter and strongly influenced by the "El Niño" phenomenon, which increases rainfall frequency. In this parcel of land in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, night temperatures are quite low due to the flow of cold air coming down from the mountains. This causes a thermal oscillation that can surpass 68°F. The soils are of alluvial origin, stratified and gently sloped, of medium depth, loamy texture and basic pH
The three varieties are vinified separately and stored in oak immediately after malolactic fermentation is completed, using new medium-toast French barrels from four cooperage and four different forests. Each wine was aged separately for 17 months and blended just before bottling
This wine is a true expression of Chilean nature, complex and abundant. The wine is unfiltered in order to completely maintain its character, therefore we recommend decanting it before serving. Serving suggestions wild game and fowl, ripe cheeses, spicy red meats.