2010 Santa Rita Bougainville Petite Sirah
Maipo Valley, Chile
92 ST; 90 WE; 90 WA
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$32.39 as part of a mixed case.
"The nose shows tremendous elegance, with lively aromas of black fruits in balance with sweet spices as well as nuances of earth and smoke mixed with the balsamic notes that are characteristic of Maipo. On the palate, an initial friendly sweetness leads to juicy acidity, and smoky notes, chocolate, and spice appear on the long finish. It is still a very young wine, but the great structure of soft, ripe tannins as well as the bright acidity reveal a long life ahead during which time the charmingly rustic tannins will become smoothly polished. Bougainville is ideal with hearty, slow-cooked meats, spit-grilled lamb, and cheeses. 14.6% alc."
"The wine was vinified by traditional methods in stainless steel tanks with cold macera- tion prior to fermentation. The first stage of the extraction began at the highest range of temperatures, which were lowered toward the end to preserve the fruitiness of the variety. Upon completion of alcoholic fermentation, the new wine remained on its skins for a post-fermentation maceration followed by 18–19 months of aging in new, medium-toast French oak barrels from different cooperages (Dargaud, Sylvain, and Taransaud) and origins (Nevers and Alliers). The wine was returned to the stainless steel tanks to rest for two months prior to bottling."
"92 pts ... (includes 15% syrah from Limari, aged 15 months in new French oak). Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of dark berry liqueur, incense and floral oils. Lush and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors that gain spiciness and a smoky quality with air. Fine-grained tannins come on late and add shape to the long, supple, alluringly sweet finish. Downright graceful for a petite sirah, with the depth to age."--03/13
"90 pts ... On first take this is reduced and flat smelling, but with time it evolves to show raisin, licorice and herbal aromas. The palate is jammy, full and loud. Flavors of prune, raisin and blackberry are herbal and feral in nature, while the finish is acidic and full of chunky, herbal flavors. Drink through 2017." --11/14
"90 pts ... The 2010 Bougainville Petite Sirah is a new wine produced with Petite Sirah (Durif) grapes. The winery has experimented with Petite Sirah in different regions, and they considered the best place for the grapes is the Alto Jahuel in the Maipo Valley. For this exotic wine, 10% of the clusters where fermented whole in stainless steel, and the wine aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months (including malolactic). It’s blended with 15% Syrah from Limari Valley in the north. Dark opaque, almost black. impressively aromatic, very flowery (violets), with ripe fruit, spicy. The medium to full-bodied palate is impressively fluid and juicy at the same time, with fine-grained tannins. Modern, clean, pleasant and very well done, but perhaps a bit heavy and extracted, it’s difficult to finish the bottle. 12,000 bottles produced. Drink 2013-2022. " --06/14
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