Nativa Reserva Carmenere 2009
Carmenere from Chile
- red wine
- Big & Bold
- 13.5% abv
- Green wine
Deep violet-red in color, with scents of ripe red fruit, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a touch of black pepper grace the bouquet. Lush, rich and fruit forward, with silky, soft tannins.
Ideal with aged cheeses, smoked meats, and pastas with well-seasoned sauces.
Nativa wines capture the very essence of Chile's superior and unique terroir with organically grown grapes nurtured only by the warmth of the sun and the nutrients in the soil. This producer’s naturally distinctive wines are, as a result, full of the flavors and aromas that are helping to make the country one of the most exciting wine producing regions in the world.
Nativa wines were the first in Chile to be made with grapes certified as organically grown. The country, indeed, offers excellent growing conditions for organic agriculture, with its four natural barriers – the Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Antarctic glaciers to the south –providing natural isolation and protection of the vineyards.
Led by Chief Winemaker, Felipe Ramírez, the Nativa team is passionate about embracing the natural environment and has implemented sustainable winemaking practices. The winery uses recycled materials for labels and packaging, produces grapes free of chemical residue, strives to improve soil fertility, and utilizes the maximum amount of renewable resources, all while maintaining the genetic diversity of the ecosystem.
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Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
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. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul.
And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
The main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some
reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard Chile
are the regions producing the most wine coming out of the continent. The wines from this area are good value with a distinctive taste. They create new world wines with old world character.
3 ratings, 2 with reviews
- Franklin Square, NY
- Smooth & Supple
This wine has a rich flavor and was very smooth.
Lovely soft wine, definitley lush just like the description says. Peppery and a bit of fruit zings in the end. Nice price point as well.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.