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Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2015

Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • WS90
0% ABV
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4.1 49 Ratings
0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine stands out for its unique red ruby color and black fruit aromas; in mouth it is well rounded and rich in flavors, where the figs notes and wild fruits, together with delicate spices aromas, are in perfect harmony.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
This is a carmenere with a dark and ripe fruit character, dried herb and chocolate undertones. Medium to full body. Juicy finish. Always excellent.
D 91
Decanter
A full and hedonistic style, with youthful, dark fruit aromas unfurling onto a powerful, structured yet polished palate, while overall it retains decent acidity to sustain the long finish.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Lip-smacking flavors of plum tart, cherry and kirsch show floral accents, with lively acidity and a lingering finish of olive and coffee.
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Tarapaca

Tarapaca

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Tarapaca, Maipo Valley, Chile
Viña Tarapacá ex Zavala was born during the last century, in 1874, known then as "Viña de Rojas", in honour of its founder, Don Francisco de Rojas y Salamanca, a well-know business man of the period. Don Francisco imported selected European wine stock varieties directly from France.

Later, under the ownership of Antonio Zavala, the name "Viña Zavala" emerged. When Antonio Zavala divorced his wife, she received the vineyard but did not change its name. Finally the vineyard adopted his current name "Viña Tarapacá Ex-Zavala" in recognition of the former President of the Republic, Don Arturo Alessandri, know as the "Lion of Tarapacá" who solved a legal problems between Mr. Zavala and his wife.

From the start of 1992, when the Chilean group, Fósforos took control over the wine-producing operations of the company, an ambitious export program was launched.

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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