Tamaya Carmenere Reserva 2009
Carmenere from Chile, South America
Ruby purple, deep and intense. Clear Carménère identity, with aromas of red peppers and spicy plums. Round and fleshy with smooth tannins but fresh and straight also, ends with charming and spicy black fruits notes.
The Wine Advocate - "Purple/black; brooding nose, dense, big mouthful of fruit, lacking complexity but satisfying."
"Tamaya" in the Diaguita dialect means high lookout, it is the name of the highest peak in the area and from there one can view the entire valley below. In the vineyards of Viña Tamaya we have found vestiges of the ancient Diaguita culture which reigned in this zone between the 8th and 15th Centuries. Inspired by its culture, we named our winery Tamaya.
Our highest objective is to produce wines of the finest quality that reflect the natural characteristics of the Limarí Valley. The constant search for quality is our number one guiding philosophy at Viña Tamaya. To achieve the absolute highest standards, we closely supervise each phase of production, from the growing of the grapes in our exceptional vineyards to the final bottling of our wines, working with only the finest ingredients to create and produce wines that make us proud. Every label and product express the philosophy of Viña Tamaya and the presence of de Diaguita culture in the Limari Valley. View all Tamaya Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (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. 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.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe 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
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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.