Our Tenth Vintage Of This Rare Wine - Awarded 94 pts.
“Dusty garnet color. Aromas of crisp green pepper, ripe cherry, sugar snap peas, black tea, and chocolate tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long ripe plum and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A vibrant and youthful Carmenère ready to drink now or cellar.” (Review by Tasting.com - 94 pts.)
The "Lost" Red Grape Of The Bordeaux Region
Thought to be nearly extinct, but then rediscovered 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 57 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 seen Carmenère in the Chilean section in your wine store as Chile now has 98% of the world's plantings; so low odds of finding another Carmenère wine produced here.
Awards By Vintage - Carmenère, Our Rennie Organic Vineyard
2016 - 94 pts, Tastings.com; 93 pts, Gold Medal, San Diego Int'l
2015 - 93 pts, San Diego Int'l.; 89 pts, “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