Casa Rivas Gran Reserva Carmenere 2006 Front Label
Casa Rivas Gran Reserva Carmenere 2006 Front Label

Casa Rivas Gran Reserva Carmenere 2006

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Winemaker Notes

Bright, dark red in color. Very ripe red and black fruit, with spice, black currant,and vanilla note aromas. The flavor is intense and ripe with tremendous complexity and concentration. Soft, ripe tannins, with a nice, long finish.

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From coastal Maipo, this refreshing carmenère has scents of herbs and menthol, while the flavor brings tart cherries to mind. A vibrant red for chicken fricassée.
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Casa Rivas, South America
Casa Rivas was established in 1992 at María Pinto in the Maipo Valley. The vineyards are planted at the foothill of the West Coastal Mountain Range, oriented to the sea and under a particular combination of climate and soil, resulting a unique terroir, where the different vine rootstocks have been planted in order to grasp the best of each area, achieving the optimum ripeness level and expressing the whole potential of aromas and flavours of each variety. In addition, our oenological philosophy and practices, that emphazise blending of varieties, give as a result well structured, concentrated and balanced wines.
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The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.

The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.

White wines are also produced with great prosperity, especially near the cooler coast, include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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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-nineteenth century. Far from its birthplace of Bordeaux, Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape there. But the variety went a bit undercover, impressing wine lovers until 1994 when many plantings previously thought to be Merlot, were profiled as Carménère. Regardless of what vine variety it actually was, these have proven successful and plantings continue to increase.

In the Glass

Carménère can express a bit of herbaceous character or black pepper but in warm climates or with additional hangtime before harvest, it makes wines reminiscent of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a mole sauce or spice rub.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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