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Review from Tastings.com (Beverage Tasting Institute, Chicago):
"Dark deep purple color. Herbal, green aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and nuts, hint of root beer sorbet, olive and green pepper skin, and hint of caulk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length cherry orange relish, pickled melon and beets, cedar, and clay finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An interesting and charming red with bright acidity and a nice sense of place." 90 pts/ "Exceptional"
Our eighth vintage of this rare wine for us at Yorkville Cellars . The "lost" red grape of the Bordeaux region and nearly extinct there, 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 Carmenere in the Chilean section in your wine store as Chile now has 98% of the world's plantings; so low odds of finding another Carmenere wine produced here.
Here is one of the better stories about Carmenere grapes we've found:
Carmenere: The Rediscovery of the King. [click here to read]
Our 2009 vintage was awarded 93 points:
Harvested on Oct. 14th grapes were gently crushed, and cold soaked for three days before innoculation with Pasteur Red yeast. Fermentation in tank was completed in 10 days, and then the wine was gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels for ageing. After 20 months in oak, the wines were settled, fined, and gently filtered before bottling. Delicious now, or hold 4-8 years.
A member of the Cabernet family of grapes, the name "Carménère" originates from the French word for crimson, which refers to the brilliant crimson color of the autumn foliage. Helps make our vineyard look like a box of Trix cereal.
Total Acidity: 7.0 gm/ liter
Residual Sugar: Dry
Barrels: 100% French
Barrel Aged: 20 months