Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere 2008

Carmenere from Chile, South America

$9.99
Item No. 102868
  • red wine
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Carmenère is considered the "lost Bordeaux" variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for the Bordeaux climate. Thankfully, the Carmenère variety was imported to Chile where it not only survives (because of a longer growing season), but makes exceptionally good wines.

Made from 100% Carmenere grapes.

Customer Reviews Sign In to Add Your Own

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Great wine, great price. Smooth and goes great with fish or steak.
Please sign in or create a profile to rate
Rating:
(9/29/2010)
I'm NOT a fan of carmenere, over-all, as it always tends to have a very distinctive green bell pepper note to it, and I can't help but think 'flaw' when I taste that. I've had enough carmenere's over time to realize it's the grape and not any kind of flaw upon the wine making process. This particular one is quite strong with the green pepper, but trying not to be completely biased in my own personal likes and dislikes this is still a solid wine and good example of an affordable carmenere. It'd be better if the fruit could combat the bell pepper a bit more and if the finish wasn't quite as soft. Regardless, really good food wine. If you're like me and don't like the green bell pepper either avoid this wine OR make sure you server it with rich tasting foods and avoid salads.
Please sign in or create a profile to rate

Learn About Apaltagua Map ItMap It

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

Learn About Chile

(CHEE-lay) 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

Learn About Carmenere

Carmenere(car-men-YEHR) Chilean Jewel Carmenere is yet another grape that was eventually exiled from the Bordeaux blend. In the late 1800's, Carmenere was brought over to Chile 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

Related Products
Winemaker's Notes The 2009 Apaltagua Carmenere Reserva comes from 60 year old carmenere vines in the Apalta Valley. These vines ...
Winemaker's Notes Carmenère, a classic Bordeaux grape, is rapidly becoming Chile's best red wine. If you like Merlot and Cabernet, ...
GVIG1AP8BCA_2008
close
Please login or create an account to create a wine list.
close
close
New Arrival Alert
Also sign me up for Wine.com emails featuring deals, trends and new arrivals
Your alert has been added!

Remember, you can go to my account > my alerts to view/edit your alerts at any time (or click here if you want to see them now!)

Membership Benefits


  • • Unlimited FREE ground shipping.
  • • Fast & convenient delivery to your door.
  • • Shop with confidence, satisfaction guaranteed.

Ship on us for a month!

Start My Free Trial

After your free trial, StewardShip is just $49/year.

*Some exclusions apply

close popup