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Perez Cruz Limited Edition Carmenere 2012

Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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Winemaker Notes

The Limited Edition Carménère (blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon) comes from a selection of blocks that are carefully managed with lower yields for increased intensity. This Carménère offers a spectacular combination of concentration and smoothness. It is a balanced wine, deep with aromatic layers.

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James Suckling
Aromas of red fruits, ripe roses and cooked fresh jam on the nose. Well-balanced and structured with nice tannins and complexity. A sexy, elegant, long finish. Drink or hold.
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Perez Cruz

Perez Cruz

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Perez Cruz, Maipo Valley, Chile
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Viña Pérez Cruz is a family-owned, single-estate producer of expressive red wines from the stony soils of the Maipo Valley. The winery and the Liguai vineyard are located in the “Maipo Andes” sub-region. This area is 30 miles southeast of Santiago, nestled against the Andes mountain foothills between 1,450 and 1,700 foot elevations. The family purchased the property in 1963 and first planted vines there in 1994.

The rocky soils and temperate microclimate of the region create exceptional growing conditions. Additionally, the cooling influences of the Andes mountain air and the Pacic Ocean breezes allow for slow ripening conditions that lead to a fresh, vibrant fruit expression, natural acidity, and soft tannins.

Maipo Valley

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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.

Carmenere

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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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