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Made from 100% Carmenère grapes, this wine shows a spicy, plummy nose, and ripe, berryish fruit on the palate. Minimal intervention and gentle handling have been used to preserve the quality and character of the fruit. This wine is an impressive introduction to the Carmenère grape, and a very good value.
Apaltagua is a winery that specializes in one distinguished, but lesser known, grape varietal - carmenere. Carmenere is the lost Bordeaux variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for their climate, but was known for producing very high quality and elegant wines. Thankfully, the carmenere variety was imported to...Read More About Apaltagua
Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south - also why the country has remained phylloxera free....Read More About Chile
Carmenere is yet another grape that was eventually exiled from the
blend. In the late 1800's, Carmenere was brought over to
from France, and it never turned back. For a while, Chilean growers thought
this grape was Merlot
and labeled their wines as such. But in the early nineties, thanks to DNA...Read More About Carmenere
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