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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
MELI Carignane 2011
MELI Carignane 2011
(search item no. 125897)
screw cap wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This lesser known varietal is planted extensively in southern France. Although it doesn't usually take a leading role, there's star power in Meli's Carignane-Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Aged in both used oak barrels and stainless steel, this wine is concentrated and unique, with an distinctive balance of earth and fruit.
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About MELI:

Meli is the dream of celebrated winemaker Adriana Cerda. Adriana had already been a respected winemaker for 30 years when she decided it was time to make her own wine.

In 2005, she and her three adult sons bought a property with 60-year-old Carignane and Riesling vines in the Maule Valley. Using dry farming, Meli produces two unique wines — both unusual for Chile. These varieties, Riesling and Carignane, are well-suited to the cooler Maule Valley, where the growing season is long, with cool nights and warm days.