Santa Alicia Winery was established in 1954 by Maximo Valdes, an important Chilean politician and businessman at that time. He founded the original Santa Alicia Vineyard, the “Houses of Pirque”, in the fertile area near Chile’s capital and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Our Santa Alicia wine reviews indicate their focus on value wines from their Reserva line up to their MillantuCabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere blend. While over a half dozen different grape varieties are used to produce Santa Alicia wines, their core focus remains on producing value Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere wines according to our Santa Alicia ratings. Santa Alicia wines are consistently recognized as “Best Buy Selections” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and have received several medals and awards for their value lines of wine. Be sure to check out our Santa Alicia Buying Guide below to see which wines are best suited for you.
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère is the best wine from Santa Alicia I’ve come across. The nose is spicy, dry and delivers earthy cherry and plum aromas. It feels right and tastes of spicy raspberry and plum, with a fruity, complex finish. A good wine for food with nice acidity; drink now–2015.
Opens with a light, herbal bouquet that features spice and elegant red fruit aromas. The palate keeps the mode going; it’s crisp and fresh, with cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Finishes firm and dry, with tobacco. A nice blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc.
Herbal red-fruit aromas come across scratchy and suggestive of fresh field greens. The palate is tight and angular, with not much cushion and herbal-leaning flavors of currant and baked raspberry. This finishes herbal and warm tasting, a natural reflection of a hot year. Drink this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère now.
Hailing from the renowned Pirque subsection of the Maipo Valley, this has earth, leather and smoked meat aromas. The palate is full and rock solid, with layered plum and tobacco flavors. On the finish there’s ample mocha and coffee.
This well-made bargain delivers yummy raspberry and cherry aromas and flavors, with touches of licorice and clove. A winner in its price range; dense and dreamy. What well-priced Chilean Cab should be. Imported by Halby Marketing.
Big and burly, with aromas of ground spices, leather, roasted meat and blackberry. The flavors of plum, wild berry and espresso draw no complaints, and overall this is one good, ripe, big-boned wine with texture and body. Best if you like saturated but balanced modern reds.
Definitely a riper, more solid version of Carmenère with blackberry, pine, herbs and chocolate on the nose. The palate is typically herbal but it’s full of smooth, simple dark-fruit flavors and spice. Tasty, wholesome and well worth a go in this category.
Begins with a maple-like sweetness, but soon that fades and is replaced by olive, earthy berry fruit, smoky wood and balsamic notes. Rugged but balanced tannins give it structure and spine, while the black cherry and cassis flavors are pure and end with mild herbal and chocolate notes. Well-made Chilean Cabernet.