Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere 2007 Front Label
Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere 2007 Front Label

Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere 2007

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Winemaker Notes

Dark and deep red with violet nuances. Very elegant, complex, spice box, blueberries, graphite with hints of cassis and tobacco. Mouth-filling with ripe underlying tannin, deep, concentrated, with a long aftertaste and distinctive hints of Peumo's Terroir, Graphite loam and mineral nuances. It drinks by self like a modern Bordeaux assemblage, but with the finesse and fruit of the new World.

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A glass-coating opaque purple color, it surrenders a brooding personality marked by notions of sandalwood, smoke, earthy minerals, dried herbs, black plum, and blackberry. Sweetly-fruit, dense, and opulent, this full-bodied, pleasure-bent offering deftly conceals enough fine grained tannin to evolve for 5-6 years and should easily see its 20th birthday in fine form. This wine is a benchmark for what can be achieved with the Carmenere grape.
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits
Ignacio Recabarren selects the fruit for this wine from a 20-acre plot in Concha y Toro’s 250-acre carmenère vineyard in Peumo, on the northern bank of the Cachapoal River. His 2007 Carmín is a tremendous carmenère, showing the voluptuous ripeness of the vintage: It fills every corner of the palate with concentrated, ripe blackberry and black cherry flavors, herbal notes and scents of toasted oak. Surprisingly smooth, the sweet flavors glide over the tongue with amplitude and depth, accompanied by acidity that might seem extreme in another context. But in this wine—in the middle of this orgy—that acidity brings the necessary quota of common sense and freshness. If you open this now, decant it for roast wild boar; you’d be better off following its evolution over the next decade.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
This ripe red boasts juicy but focused crushed blackberry, plum and black currant fruit, woven with alluring toasty vanilla, espresso and black licorice notes. The lengthy, pure finish has a nice underlying minerality. Drink now through 2012.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
About as dense, lush and ripe as you can get without teetering over the edge. Along the way there's mint, tobacco, cedar and heavy raisin/plum fruit aromas. Big and broad across the tongue, with sweet boysenberry, cassis and chocolate flavors. This is to wine what Guinness Stout is to beer.
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Founded in 1883, Vina Concha y Toro is Latin America's leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro's portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

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One of South America’s most important wine-producing countries, Chile is a reliable source of both budget-friendly wines and premium bottlings. 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 some time in the 1550s. But Chile’s modern wine industry is largely the result of heavy investment from the 1990s.

Long and narrow, Chile is geographically isolated, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders allowed Chile to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation in the late 1800s and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted (as is the case in much of the wine producing world).

Chile’s vineyards vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt Current. While historically focused solely on Pisco production, today this area finds success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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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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