Our Ninth Vintage Of This Rare Wine
Review by Tasting.com > “Dusty dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of green peppercorn, pesto, blackberry coulis, and mulberry jam with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length toasted cinnamon finish with cottony tannins and light oak. A youthful and fruit-forward expression of Carmenère that is definitely worth seeking out; Zin-lovers need apply!”
The "Lost" Red Grape Of The Bordeaux Region
Carmenère could be named the “Jurassic Park Grape” because it was thought to be extinct in France before being “resurrected” in the hills of Chile. Thought to be nearly extinct, but then rediscovered through DNA testing in 1994 in Chile, where there are over 21,800 acres growing. In California with about 478,000 acres of wine grapes, it is an extremely rare grape with only 62 bearing acres. Similar to a richer, more aromatic Merlot, this wine is deeply colored, dark and brooding, with prominent blackberry and boysenberry fruit. It has seductive dark chocolate aromas along with a undertones of pepper and earth. Bright cherry and medium tannins to finish, making it an excellent food wine; a nice complement to braised meats and stews.
Distinguished As One Of The Six Noble Red Grapes of Bordeaux
It played a major role in the wines of the 1855 classifcation that built Bordeaux's reputation. You've likely seen Carmenère in the Chilean section in your wine store as Chile now has 98% of the world's plantings; so there are very low odds of finding another Carmenère wine produced in California in a local wine shop.
Awards By Vintage - Carmenère, Our Rennie Organic Vineyard
2015 - 93 pts, San Diego Int'l.; “Highly Recommened”, Tastings.com
2014 - 90 pts, “Exceptional”, Tastings.com
2013 - 92 pts, “Exceptional”, Tastings.com
2012 - BEST Carmenère, 94 pts, Critics Challenge; 91 pts, “Exceptional,” Tastings.com
2009 - 93 pts, The Tasting Panel; 90 pts, Food & Beverage World; 87 pts, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2006 - Silver, Green Wine Competition
2005 - Silver, Mendocino County Wine Competition