An ancient Bordeaux blending varietal now popular in Chile, this 100% Carmenere (Cahr-mehn-AIR) exudes an intense red color. Carmenere, often confused for Merlot, exhibits a characteristic nose with notes of smoke and cold ash together with overripe red and blackfruit.
Perfect aging in French oak barrels for 10 months has resulted in a smooth and rounded wine that is beyond description. This wine is unfiltered for pure enjoyment.
Silver Medal, Best Buy, 2008 World Wine Championships:
"Garnet purple color. Cigar box, sandalwood, blackberry, and herbal marinated pepper aromas follow through on a soft, round entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and a tangy blood orange, cinnamon stick, and clove fade. Interesting and reminiscent of sangria." (11/14/2008)
The Maule Valley lies in the southern most section of Chile's Central Valley. Winemaking here dates back to the times of Spanish colonization and became increasingly popular in the mid-1980's with the growth in the wine industry.