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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Falernia Carmenere Reserva 2011
Falernia Carmenere Reserva 2011
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PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Falernia Carmenere Reserva is deep in color. The wine has dark chocolate and vanilla character on the nose; full bodied, rich, with ripe and complex tannins on the palate. The barrels are used to mature and complex the wine's character.
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About Falernia:

Viña Falernia is located in the Elqui Valley between La Serena and Vicuña, 520 km (323 miles) to the north of Santiago and it is at present Chile's northernmost wine estate.

The soils in our vineyards are composed partly of rubble which has eroded from the Andes mountains and deposited by glaciers and wind, and partly of alluvial sand and silt deposited by the river. While stony, gravely soils are regarded as poor for most crops, their excellent drainage qualities make them perfect for wine growing. The climate is semi-arid (average annual rainfall is 80-100 mm) making drip irrigation indispensable during the spring and summer months.

Climatic factors have a crucial influence on the quality and flavour of wine. With the majestic Andes as a backdrop, their peaks gleaming white all through the summer, the vineyards benefit from currents of cold air which descend from the high mountains at night. They cool the vineyards, causing a dramatic contrast between day and night time temperatures during the ripening season, from 27-32°C (80.6-89.6°F) to 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). This has the result of reducing respiration via the leaches and thereby furthering the accumulation of sugar in the grapes as well as the synthesis of polyphenols (tannins and coloring matter) along with the aroma and flavour substance.