Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2008 Front Label
Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2008 Front Label

Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2008

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A blend of 93% Carmenere and 7% Cabernet. The vines are 60 years old and adjacent to Casa Lapostolle's Clos Apalta vineyards.

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This is ripe and polished, with a delicious core of black Mission fig, macerated black currant and dark plum fruit, all woven with alluring licorice snap, black tea and roasted mesquite notes. The long, fleshy finish lets a tobacco note take over. Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2011.
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Apaltagua, South America
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Apaltagua Winery, owned by the Tutunjian family, specializes in small-production, appellation-based wines. Apaltagua’s 65-year-old vineyards are located in some of the most prestigious appellations of Chile. The winery is located in the renowned Apalta region of the Colchagua Valley, famous for producing some of the top-rated wines made from Carménère, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Apaltagua wines are crafted by winemaker Carolina França.

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Dramatic geographic and climatic changes from west to east make Chile an exciting frontier for wines of all styles. Chile’s entire western border is Pacific coastline, its center is composed of warm valleys and on its eastern border, are the soaring Andes Mountains.

Chile’s central valleys, sheltered by the costal ranges, and in some parts climbing the eastern slopes of the Andes, remain relatively warm and dry. The conditions are ideal for producing concentrated, full-bodied, aromatic reds rich in black and red fruits. The eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry—is home to intense red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

The Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys specialize in Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends as well as Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape.

Chilly breezes from the Antarctic Humboldt Current allow the coastal regions of Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley to focus on the cool climate loving varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chile’s Coquimbo region in the far north, containing the Elqui and Limari Valleys, historically focused solely on Pisco production. But here the minimal rainfall, intense sunlight and chilly ocean breezes allow success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata in the south make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile sometime in the 1550s. One fun fact about Chile is that its natural geographical borders have allowed it to avoid phylloxera and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted.

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Dark, full-bodied and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère found great success with its move to Chile in the mid-19th century. However, the variety went a bit undercover until 1994 when many plantings previously thought to be Merlot, were profiled as Carménère. Somm Secret— Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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