Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2016 Front Label
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Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2016

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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750ML / 13.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

#70 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018

Deep, dark red in color with lush aromas of cherries, blackcurrant, and blackberry with a touch of black and white pepper. Tight and focused with deeply concentrated flavors and an almost silky texture with soft, smooth tannins that come to the fore at the beginning of the long finish.

Pair with duck magret or confit; meats with sweet-and-sour sauces.

Blend: 85% Carmenere, 15% Merlot

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Even in cool years, like 2016, the generous sun of Peumo manages to ripen carmenère without difficulty. This wine feels broad, with ripe flavors of blackberries and black cherries. The breezes that flow along the Cachapoal River translate to freshness in the grapes, providing a lively, tenacious acidity that makes this wine easy to drink. The black-cherry flavors last in a deliciously herbal finish.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: Throughout the last three decades, Chilean winemakers have been building a case for Carmenère. While the road has been slow and arduous, Concha y Toro has been one of the grape's best champions. The 2016 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenère is an excellent effort. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows attractive ripeness and delicate balance. Its aromas and flavors of red fruits and savory spices make it a lovely pairing partner with Cantonese steam fish in a slightly spicy sweet and sour sauce. (Tasted: October 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
JS 90
James Suckling
Lots of freshly-cut herbs and spices as well as bay leaf to this carmenere along with hints of creme de cassis and a foreground of blueberry sauce. Fresh and juicy on the palate with high acidity, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
This boasts richly spiced aromas, with flavors to match, as well as dried raspberry, portobello mushroom and currant elements. Dried beef notes on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2021. 33,000 cases made.
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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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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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