Santa Carolina

Viña Santa Carolina Winery was founded by Luis Pereyra Cotapos who named the winery after his wife, Carolina Iñiguez. Santa Carolina Vineyards is part of Carolina Wine Brands, one of Chile’s main winemaking groups boasting over 135 years of history making them one of Chile’s oldest vineyards. Santa Carolina vineyards are located in some of the best wine growing regions throughout Chile including the Casablanca, Leyda, Maipo, Rapel, Cachapoal, Colchagua and Maule Valleys. Santa Carolina wines are produced from over a half dozen various varietals (including Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Syrah, Carignan, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) and are available in four different lines. Our Santa Carolina wine reviews indicate their range of lines from their value Specialties and Reserva de Familia lines to their higher end VSC and Herencia red blends. The latter two are can typically be found atop our Santa Carolina wine ratings. To see which wines are best suited for you check out our Santa Carolina wine guide below.

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Santa Carolina 2008 Herencia Carmenère (Peumo)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $90

As Chilean Carmenère goes, this is one of the best and most true to the grape. Dusty, dry, earthy aromas of spiced berry, herbs and cocoa lead to a lofty palate with both creamy oak and driving acids. Oak-related flavors of vanilla and coconut sit on top of spicy, baked berry flavors, while the finish is full, woody, creamy and dense. Drink this excellent Carmenère…

 — M.S.  (7/1/2013)
92
points

Santa Carolina 2009 VSC Red (Cachapoal Valley)

  1. $40

There’s a lot to like about this dense, deep, lush and totally ripe blend of 60% Petit Verdot plus smaller doses of Cabernet, Carmenère, Malbec and Mourvèdre. It glistens in the glass and shows plush aromatics and generous flavors of berry, plum, chocolate and spice. Toasty and smooth on the finish. Drink this excellent blend now–2018.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2013)
92
points

Santa Carolina 2007 VSC Red (Maipo Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $30

Probably the best-eve wine from Santa Carolina. It’s rich and earthy, but also shows pure fruit and just a mild hint of fresh herbs. Saturated and broad on the palate, with a nice mix of sultry fruit flavors and savory notes. Refined but robust; classy and elevated. 2,000 cases made.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2010)
92
points

Santa Carolina 2009 Herencia Carmenère (Peumo)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $90

Keeping with past performances, Herencia is again one of Chile’s best Carmenères. This is bold, toasty and ripe on the nose, with tobacco and vanilla nuances. The palate is huge but in shape, while toasty, chocolaty flavors of herbal plum and berry end chewy, stacked and deep. Drink through 2016.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2014)
91
points

Santa Carolina 2010 Reserva de Familia Carmenère (Rapel Valley)

  1. $20

This is dark and pointed on the nose, with graphite, mint, peppercorn and creamy oak aromas supporting herbal berry fruit scents. The palate feels lush and almost airy, with soft tannins and baked black-fruit flavors accented by chocolate and coffee. An earthy finish with licorice and mild tannins says drink this Carmenère now through 2015.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2013)
91
points

Santa Carolina 2011 Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

  • Best Buy
  1. $15

This Cabernet delivers a complete package at an incredibly attractive price. Aromas of mocha, graphite and vanilla play nicely with core berry scents. Baked berry, vanilla and pastry flavors settle softly, with mellow tannins. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2014)
91
points

Santa Carolina 2007 Herencia Carmenère (Peumo)

  1. $90

Dark as night, with mildly leafy, herbal, varietally appropriate aromas of olive, earth, tea and black fruits. The palate is big but nicely chiseled, with good acidity and tannic support for roasted berry, plum, fig and peppery flavors. A smooth, correct high-end Carmenère. Drink now through 2013.

 — M.S.  (2/1/2011)
91
points

Santa Carolina 2007 Reserva de Familia Carmenère (Rapel Valley)

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  1. $15

Santa Carolina’s Reserva de Familia red wines from 2007 are vastly improved from what the winery has done for the past two decades. This wine—along with the RdF Cabernet Sauvignon—show immense color and fruit, but also balance, structure and a friendliness that can’t be mass produced. This wine is loaded with cassis, cherry, cola, mint, toast and bacon. And for $15…

 — M.S.  (5/1/2009)
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