91 points

Viña Santacruz 2008 Tupu Edicion Limitada Carménère-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec-Syrah Red (Colchagua Valley)

This smells intense up front, with tree bark, herb, spice and black fruit aromas. It’s focused on the palate, with tight tannins, gritty bite and crusty, dark flavors of peppery, earthy berries and herbs. Cool, long, sly and spicy on the finish. Drink now–2016. Carmenère, Cabernet, Malbec and Syrah comprises the blend.  — M.S.   Published 3/1/2013
90 points

Viña Santacruz 2006 Chamán Gran Reserva Syrah (Colchagua Valley)

Crusty, dark and big all over; this is a full, minerally Syrah with molten intensity and floral accents. The palate is broad, round and loaded with toasty, spicy plum and other black-fruit flavors. The finish is warm and chocolaty, and as a whole it’s delivering a lot more depth and quality than most $14 wines.  — M.S.   Published 7/1/2009
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90 points

Viña Santacruz 2006 Tupu Edicion Limitada Red (Colchagua Valley)

This small-production blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is deep, layered and exciting. The nose is creamy but diligent, with plum, cassis, chocolate and a touch of popcorn coming from the oak. The palate is smooth and healthy, with cassis, cherry, plum, tobacco and herb flavors in front of a bright…  — M.S.   Published 7/1/2009
89 points

Viña Santacruz 2011 Chamán Reserva Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)

With floral aromas mixed with darker notes of asphalt, mineral, leather and berry fruit, this opens well. The palate is rubbery in feel but structured. Flavors of bold berry fruits, chocolate and herbs end chewy, warm and chocolaty. For a basic Carmenère-Cabernet blend, this is on the money.  — M.S.   Published 7/1/2013
88 points

Viña Santacruz 2006 Chamán Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)

Here’s yet another very nice, ready-to-drink Cabernet from Chile. Tight and complete on the nose, with aromas of cassis, cherry and tar. The palate is packed deep with sweet cassis fruit, which is accented by tobacco and burnt sugar. Shows some unabsorbed oak and chocolate on the finish, but generally speaking it’s…  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2008
88 points

Viña Santacruz 2006 Chamán Gran Reserva Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

Rich and sweet smelling right from the start, with mocha, shoe polish and charred aromas. The wine is ripe to the point of being sticky, while the flavors are naturally herbal, with olive, berry and earth notes. Shows good balance, feel and nerve. A new and worthy Carmenère to keep an eye on.  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2008
87 points

Viña Santacruz 2007 Chamán Gran Reserva Malbec (Colchagua Valley)

This earthy, concentrated Malbec is dense on the nose, with herbal flavors of blackberry, spice and heat. A toasty finish carries a choppy feel and fresh acidity, while the finish tastes toasty but doesn’t rise up or improve. Overall, this is perfectly good but not complex. Drink now.  — M.S.   Published 9/1/2013
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87 points

Viña Santacruz 2010 Chamán Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley)

Jammy red-berry aromas come with a green streak. The wine is a bit hard in feel, with choppy tannins. Sweet blueberry and graham cracker flavors are offset by saline and green accents, while the finish is chunky and earthy.  — M.S.   Published 3/1/2013