Root: 1 Wine - The Original Ungrafted

Colchagua Valley and Casablanca Valley, Chile

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Root: 1 "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon Reviews

Beverage Dynamics
95
“From ungrafted vines of original European rootstock that have never been blighted by phylloxera; bold, rich varietal aromas and flavors in a ripe, mouth-filling, and easy-to-enjoy style; richness, quality and value.”
October 2014, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
International Wine Cellar
88
“Spice-accented cherry aromas and flavors are complemented by notes of cracked pepper and candied rose, with a touch of vanilla coming up with air. A juicy, focused midweight that finishes with appealing sweetness, soft tannins and a late kick of peppery spices. In an Old World style, with no excess fat; this wine delivers excellent value for Cabernet.”
March 2014, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Critic's Challenge International Wine Competition
CRITICS GOLD
June 2013, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
International Wine Cellar
88
Dark purple. Powerful aromas of dark berry preserves and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Lush and expansive, offering hefty black and blue fruit flavors. This seamless cabernet packs a lot of fruit for the money and finishes with good energy and cling.
May 2012, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Wine Enthusiast
88
BEST BUY! Very good priced Cab with fresh herb, black cherry, blackberry and earthy aromas. The palate is healthy and stands up to scrutiny, which the flavors of cassis, berry, chocolate and pepper are correct and more than pleasant. Long and lasting on the finish. The best Root:1 Cab to date.
February 2011, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Consumer Reports
Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon is selected as Best Buy download
December 2010, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
International Wine Cellar
88
Ruby-red. Spicy red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by mint, licorice and black cardamom. A fresh, focused midweight, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and good tangy snap. Very lively; the finish is focused, brisk and nicely persistent.
March 2010, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Living
Wine for the taking -- Don't arrive to a Christmas party empty-handed, bring a fabulous wine such as Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon. Root:1 is a "crowd-pleaser for both novice and seasoned red wine enthusiasts" and a very good value for the price."
December 2009, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze
June 2009, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze
June 2008, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Anchorage Daily News
High value Chilean red. It's got loads of primal leafy cabernet aromatics, as well as bits of black cherry, tar, licorice and cigar. The mouth is medium weight with palate-pleasing black cherry fruit, good acids and light fine grain tannins.
August 2007, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
San Jose Mercury News
A plush, approachable wine with juicy black cherry, dark chocolate and coffee flavors.
August 2007, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
International Wine Cellar
88
Ruby-red. Sexy, oak-spiced raspberry and blackberry aromas are accented by mocha and minerals, with a sneaky rose note emerging with air. Lush dark berry flavors are juicy and impressively bright, with tangy minerality adding energy. A suave wine for the price with impressive finishing thrust and sweetness.
July 2007, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Wine Advocate
90
June 2007, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Santé
Rich and elegant on the full-bodied palate with good complexity and balance; persitent black fruit finish. Pair with "New York Strip Steak."
June 2007, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
USA Today
I triple-checked the price because I couldn't believe this much depth of flavor could be found in a $12 wine. And indeed, right after I tasted it I followed with a $35 Cabernet from the Napa Valley and the cheaper wine was far superior. Root:1 is polished, complex, concentrated and balanced and the flavors are serious and savory.
September 2006, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Boston Herald
If you drink it eyes-closed, Root 1 tastes like a $50 bottle of wine from Napa Valley. But the cabernet sauvignon modestly hails from Chile. At $11.99 a bottle, we figure that's four-times the bang for your buck. At fine wine shops and liquor stores.
July 2006, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Patterson's Beverage Journal
88
Smooth, abundant and avory Chile Cab with a seamless and wandering finish.
May 2006, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Southern Beverage Journal
Root: 1 is the newest Chilean offering to demonstrate the country's remarkable advances in winemaking expertise.
March 2006, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Food & Wine
Great Cabernet Values: This dark, voluptuous Cabernet takes its name from the origin of the grapes it was made from: ungrafted vines in Chile's Maipo Valley descended from 19th century Bourdeaux cuttings.
February 2006, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
The Orange County Register
4 Stars
$quot;haunting notes of cedar, saddle leather, anise and chocolate. The wine is rich, fleshy and almost tarry with cassis, plum, anise and notes of prune....one of the best wines from a region known for its bargains.$quot;
January 2002, "Cabernet Sauvignon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Root: 1 "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend Reviews

Wine Everyday Blog
"Opening with earthy aromas and winter spices; with flavors of dark fruit, warm and luscious blackberry, not jammy, but soul warming. This wine, with a touch of Syrah, is nicely balanced, drinking very well on its own but also paired nicely with my Sunday dinner of Beef Tenderloin roast. I left a bit of wine in the bottle to taste on Monday evening. I think an indication of a well made wine is not only how it drinks on day one, but how well it drinks on day two.”
December 2013, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend All
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RECOMMENDED
November 2013, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2012
Today.com
Carmenere is the hallmark of Chile and this sophisticated red is spicy, vibrant and packed with dark berry flavors. Root: 1’s bottle is sleek-chic making it a top gift choice, too.
June 2011, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2009
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze
June 2010, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2008
Critic's Challenge International Wine Competition
Gold
June 2010, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2008
International Wine Cellar
88
Bright ruby. Fresh red berries and cherry on the nose, with a smoky licorice note gaining strength with air. A gently sweet midweight that offers fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a kick of zesty acidity. Good tangy persistence.
March 2010, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2008
Dallas Wine Competition
Bronze
March 2010, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2007
Today's Black Woman
The Root: 1 Carmenere 2007 is described as having a smooth texture, soft tannins, rich flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, vanilla and spices that will surprise you in every way.
September 2009, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2007
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze
June 2009, "Carmenere" Other Red Grape or Blend 2007

Root: 1 "Pinot Noir" Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero & Pinot Noir-based Blends Reviews

International Wine Cellar
87
Medium red. [...] redcurrant and cherry on the nose and in the mouth. Shows a soft, open-knit character [...]. For the variety this is a solid value.
May 2012, "Pinot Noir" Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero & Pinot Noir-based Blends 2010

Root: 1 "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends Reviews

Wine & Spirits
87
“Transcending a challenging vintage, this Sauvignon stands out for its tension and grip. The herbal flavors gain prominence as the wine takes on air. Refreshing.”
February 2014, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2013
Food & Wine
RECOMMENDED FOOD & WINE PAIRING
January 2014, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2013
International Wine Cellar
88
“Intense lime and grapefruit aromas give way to deeper pear and melon with air. Silky and fresh on the palate, displaying vibrant citrus fruit and honeydew flavors and a hint of white pepper. The tangy finish shows good clarity and length.”
February 2014, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2012
Forbes Online
RECOMMENDED: Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 as one of this year's coolest wine labels.
April 2013, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2012
Wine Enthusiast
88
Minerality and passion fruit aromas control the bouquet. The palate is fresh and zesty, with grapefruit, lime and green apple flavors. Holds its form and tightness on the finish, staying juicy and fresh from front to back.
December 2011, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2011
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver
July 2011, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2010
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver
June 2010, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2009
Critic's Challenge International Wine Competition
Gold
June 2010, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2009
Los Angeles Daily News

“Sip This: White of the Week” – Michael Petersen selects Root: 1 2008 Sauvignon Blanc as the white wine of the week and writes the following review:  “Aromas of pear, green melon and lime, with flavors of citrus.  This is nicely balanced by a crisp acidity and mineral notes, leading to a strong finish.”

August 2009, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2008
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver
June 2009, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2008
Food & Wine
Coastal Chile's Best Wine Values - Tangy gooseberry notes and a hint of the green pepper that often appears in Sauvignon Blanc define this wine by Casablanca Valley-based Vina Ventisquero.
April 2009, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2008
Restaurant Wine
4 Stars
Medium full bodied, aromatic, dry, and long on palate, with aromas/flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, lemon grass, mint and green apple
June 2008, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2007
Wine Enthusiast
Tropical fruit, gooseberry and green apple make for a nice nose, while the palate is solid and crisp as it emphasizes apple, citrus and green melon flavors. A touch of pepper on the finish seals the deal on this light and friendly wine.
November 2007, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2006
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver
June 2007, "Sauvignon Blanc" Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc-based Blends 2006