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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Carmenère, a classic Bordeaux grape, is rapidly becoming Chile's best red wine. If you like Merlot and Cabernet, you'll like this Carmenère. Apaltagua Carmenère "Apaltagua Carmenère is a steal." —Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"Dark fruit aromas carry the bouquet, which is compact and clean even if it loses potency with airing. Shows good texture and acidity to support herbal, traditional flavors of blackberry, plum and fig. Dry, lightly herbal and likable on the finish."
"Bright purple. Herb-accented aromas of dark berries, cherry and licorice, with a touch of cracked pepper in the background. A bright, racy midweight that offers tangy black fruit flavors with a slight bitterness. Finishes brisk and spicy, with a touch of lingering heat."
International Wine Cellar
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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