Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere 2010

Carmenere from Chile, South America

$11.99 $9.99
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Item No. 109662
  • red wine
  • WE87
  • ST87
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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

"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."
87 Points

"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."
87 Points

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Rating:
(8/3/2012)
Style: Light & Fruity
light and easy to drink - much better on day 2,so take some time and let this one rest. Good Chile wine at great price
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Rating:
(5/16/2012)
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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...

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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....

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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...

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