Casa Silva Rapel
Among the best of Chile’s newly established winery operations, Casa Silva was set up in 1997 and winemaking is supervised by the experienced Mario Geisse Garcia. The winery owns three different estates and has a total of some 830 ha of vineyards, so is not a small operation by any means. All of the vineyards are located in the potentially excellent Colchagua Valley. Among the best bets are the Reserva labels under both the Casa Silva and Doña Dominga brands. In particular, the dark, brambly and intensely spicy Carmenère Reserva and Quinta Generación Tinto, a blend of both Cabernet and Carmenère, are both ageworthy and will improve for 3 or 4 years. A number of impressive vineyard reserve wines have now been released including Gran Reserva Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Particularly striking is the Carmenère Micro Terroir label from Los Linques. An impressively dense and concentrated pricey top luxury cuvée, Altura is also offerred, a blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. (DM)
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