Santa Rita’s Floresta wines receive consistent scores in Luis Gutiérrez report for Robert Parker10 de March de 2020
The innovate range of wines elaborated by winemaker Sebastián Labbé received excellent comments by the Spanish critic.
March 2020.– Luis Gutiérrez, Spanish wine critic in charge of Chile for the specialized website Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate, released in late February its article “Chile: 2018 – The best vintage of the last 20 years?, in which he dedicated high scores for Santa Rita’s Floresta range.
“But in the case of 2018 in Chile, the natural conditions of the year provide such a perfect scenario for producing great wines that express their place of birth and grapes that I truly believe it’s the main news about Chile’s wine production right now”, he commented in the article. “I’ve never seen so much Carmenère from Chile, and the quality of its wines has improved tremendously—years ago, it was mostly undrinkable. It’s nothing new, but it seems like the grape is making a stronger comeback, with more wines and more bottles of many existing brands”, he added.
Indeed, Floresta Carmenere 2017 received 92 points, with Gutiérrez highlighting “The surprisingly aromatic and floral 2017 Floresta Carmenere was produced with fruit from Apalta, one of the best zones for the variety. The vines are planted on granite soils, and the warm year allowed for an early harvest with moderate alcohol and very good freshness. It’s a different profile of the grape, more marked by the soils and year, I’d say. It’s serious and has a textured mouthfeel, quite surprising”.
On the other hand, Floresta Field Blend Blanco 2018 obtained 91 points. The critic reviewed “It has an intriguing and different nose. The blend is quite unusual—Sémillon, Sauvignon Vert, Moscatel, Torontel and Corinto grapes from the Apalta Valley. The nose is quite complex and nuanced, and only the palate shows some hints of the Moscatel, a grape that tends to mark blends quite easily. The mouthfeel is very dry and serious, with some austerity, fine tannins and supple, tasty flavors”.
In addition, Floresta Cabernet Franc 2018 was also awarded 91 points, commenting on “It now ages in 100% used oak for 16 months (they started with 100% new oak), and the oak is nicely integrated into the wine. It has some creaminess, herbal and spicy aromas and a serious mouthfeel with chalky tannins”.
Lastly, Floresta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 achieved 90 points; “The 2018 Floresta Cabernet Sauvignon is made with fruit from Maipo and is produced in a modern style with ripe upfront fruit, good freshness and integrated oak. The tannins are the textbook ones from the variety, and the mouthfeel is somewhat chalky. Better with food”, he reviewed.