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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.
Bright, but dark with deep red and violet nuances. Very elegant, complex, strong characters of Carmenere, with aromas of red ripe fruit, spicy, with hints of tobacco. Great structure, mouth-filling, sour chocolate, sweet tannins, powerful and concentrated. Dense, oily with lots of fruit giving a long finish.
"If Carmín seduces with its buxom generosity, the 2007 Terrunyo feels more like a quiet beauty. This is Recabarren's deuxième vin, a selection from the Peumo Vineyard planted in the mid-1970s on the northern bank of the Cachapoal River. A sophisticated carmenère, as if tailored in black tie and tails, this has a structure based on a fine mesh of tannin that supports tart black fruit flavors. It hints at herbal notes and whispers of sweeter fruit aromas. Decant this if you open it now for game dishes like braised partridge; it will benefit from six to eight years' aging."
Wine & Spirits
"The fruit for the purple-colored 2007 Terrunyo Carmenere (which contains 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc) was sourced from Block 27 of the Peumo Vineyard in Rapel planted in 1987. The wine was aged for 19 months in 70% new French oak. It offers up a captivating bouquet of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, floral notes, black plum, and blackberry. This sets the stage for a full-bodied, dense, plush, full-flavored, incipiently complex Carmenere that has the balance and structure to evolve for several more years. It will provide optimum drinking from 2015 to 2022. Both vintages are approachable now which is a good thing because readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off these two beauties."
The Wine Advocate
"Lush and full. with deep blackberry, black currant and Mediterranean black olive flavors. Drink now through 2012.
"Sleek and polished, displaying a pure, racy core of raspberry, black cherry and black currant fruit, laced with alluring black tea, mineral and tobacco notes. Very stylish. Drink now through 2012."
In 1986, Rafael Guilisasti of Concha y Toro had a flash of inspiration that would set new precedents and raise the bar for Chilean winemaking forever. Armed with samples of Cabernet Sauvignon from Concha y Toro's Puente Alto vineyard, Cuilisasti traveled to France to meet Emile Peynaud, the father of modern winemaking. Peynaud was impressed and considered the samples to...Read More About Concha y Toro
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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