Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Santa Rita 2007 Triple C, Maipo Valley

After a dominating tennis performance, the Cabinator and I decanted Santa Rita 2007 Triple C. Earlier in the evening, we had dropped our wives off at the Black and White with a Splash of Red fundraiser.

For some reason they assumed we wouldn’t want to skip our tennis night to go to a fundraising event that featured a five-course meal with paired wine selections. Go figure.

As it turns out, it was fortunate. The Cabinator and I dominated our opponents in our Sunday night ladder. In this type of doubles tennis, you play with everyone else on the court as a partner for eight games.

Somewhere along the line, Cabinator dubbed himself “Mayhem” and he was chopping some outrageous volleys at the net. We ended up “bageling” our opponents 8-0.

We had some time to kill before picking up Green Dragon and Glorious T, so I popped open this wine from Chile. I was pleased to find a 2007 available for a nice price of about $30 at Churchill’s in Perrysburg. It is a scintillating blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere – hence the “Three C.”

Not all the C’s are equal in this blend. The Cab Franc takes a leading role with herbal notes. It is a succulent wine with its rich body enhanced by malolactic fermentation and medium toast French barrels. There are swirls of currant, vanilla and pencil shavings with a super smooth finish.

We were just settling in with a Ringo Starr concert that featured some amazing blues, when I got a call from the Green Dragon. They were ready to come home and sample some really good wine and there was just enough left in the decanter for them to do so.

Like many wines from Chile, this wine from the foothills of the Andes overdelivers at this price point. It drinks like a $40 or $50 bottle.

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