Our Eleventh Vintage Of This Rare Wine - Awarded 93 pts.
This vintage was blended with 5% Petit Verdot to add complexity.
"Black ruby color. Aromas of ripe apples, figs, sultanas, leather, roasted carrots, star anise, and tomato jam with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long autumn leaves and ripe plums finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, complex and wonderfully integrated Carmenére." (Review by The Beverage Tasting Institute)
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, 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
2017 - BEST OF THE YEAR- 93 pts./Gold, The Beverage Tasting Institute
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