Wine Review: 2008 Santa Rita Triple C, Maipo Valley, Chile

My relationship with Santa Rita wines goes back a long way. In the late 80’s there used to be a late night diner in downtown Boston that served food till midnight or later and drinks sometimes later than they should. Consequently, many restaurant kitchen staff would head over there after work. After trying my first bottle of Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon there, I continued buying it often enough I memorized the story of the 120 soldiers liberating Chile that was printed on the back label. 

We plan to get down there and see that national monument one of these days and until then I will continue to enjoy Santa Rita wines. With a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Carménère, this wine will break the mold and mindset for what most consumers taste when they drink Chilean reds. Bigger, badder and wicked tasty, the Santa Rita Triple C wine is clearly a contender with Bordeaux’s from France or Meritage from California.

A big, full-bodied racy wine crackling with crisp acidity this baby delivers the goods including desirable texture and silky tannins. The smooth, very long, lingering finish drives this package home to score. Go out and get some Santa Rita Triple C; now go smoke some serious meat and while the meat is smoking, let this wine breathe at least an hour. You will be rewarded for your patience.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $43 | 14.5% ABV

Santa Rita Triple C