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Oveja Negra Reserva Cabernet Franc-Carmenere 2015

Other Red Blends from Maule Valley, Chile
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of black fruits and spices from the Carmenere predominate on the nose and are accompanied by herbal notes from the Cabernet Franc. The palate shows a good combination of tannic structure from the Cabernet Franc and smoothness from the Carmenere to deliver a sensation of juiciness and freshness with a very elegant finish.

    Blend: 60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Carmenere

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    Oveja Negra, Maule Valley, Chile
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    Translated literally as “Black Sheep,” Oveja Negra wines intend to stand out from the flock. True representations of Chile’s Maule Valley, Oveja Negra wines sing strident of their roots, but are willing to challenge convention. The Maule Valley offers a significant diversity of soil types, allowing a wide range of grape varieties to grow. As part of the VIA Wines family, and with more than 2,500 acres of estate vineyards to work with, Winemaker Edgard Carter and his team have a constant source of inspiration for innovation and experimentation. The Reserva tier features unusual blends, such as a Sauvignon Blanc-Carmenere. Oveja Negra’s Single Vineyard wines are crafted to make each Maule Valley vineyard site shine bright, combining a fruit-driven structure with modern winemaking techniques.

    Maule Valley

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    Maule is the Central Valley’s most southern and coolest zone, reaching a southern latitude of 35°S, yet it is still warmer and drier than Bío-Bío to its south. The Maule Valley enjoys success with a unique set of grapes.

    It lays claim to the local variety, Pais (synonymous with Tinta Pais, which is actually Tempranillo), which has dominated much of the region’s area under vine until the recent past. Now many growers, not confined by the tradition and regulations of the Old World, also successfully grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

    While Maule’s total area under vine remains relatively static, its old Carignan vineyards are undergoing a great revival. The VIGNO (Vignadores del Carignan Vintners) group, an association in charge of promoting this long-forgotten variety, is getting fantastic results from the old vines in its dry-farmed coastal zones.

    The Maule includes the subregions of Talca, San Clemente, San Javier, Parral, Linares and Cauquenes.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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