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Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2006

Carmenere from Chile
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    Winemaker Notes

    Carmenere, long thought in Chile to be a strain of Merlot, has thrived at Errazuriz as a result of more vigilant attention and care. It is a very late-ripening varietal, and most critically, needs much sun exposure. The Carmenere for this wine is planted at the Don Maximiano Estate in teh Aconcagua Valley, ensuring that it recieves the necessary sunshine, and has plenty of time to ripen. Grapes were hand-harvested then sorted. Fermentation took place in steel tanks and, unique to the Carmenere at Errazuriz, aerating pumpovers were carried out until fermentation ended. This reduced herbaceous traces and enhanced the excellent expression of the wine's fruit character. The wine was aged in 80% new barrels (60% French and 40% American) for 12 months.

    A lively, deep red color with cherry edges distinguishes this vintage's Carmenere Single Vineyard. A ripe profile and an intense, complex bouquet that imparts spice, black pepper and roasted red pepper intermixes wtih aromas of sweet ripe blackberry, cherries and dry figs. The barrel aging adds rich notes of vanilla and coffee. This beautifully balanced wine opens on the palate with soft, velvety tannins that expand into a rich mouthfeel enhanced by toasty oak notes mingled with hints of tobacco and caramel.

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    Errazuriz

    Errazuriz

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    Errazuriz, , South America
    Errazuriz
    Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.

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    The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

    CAR38977_2006 Item# 98579

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