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Chilensis

Chilensis
2015 Estate Bottled Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$10
Best Buy

Chilensis
2015 Estate Bottled Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas of bacon, cinnamon pancake, blueberry compote, and cafe latte with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long blistered Serrano pepper, peach skin, shallot, and white miso finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A rich and elegant Carmenère for steaks.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: bacon, cinnamon pancake, blueberry compote, and cafe latte
Taste Flavor: blistered Serrano pepper, peach skin, shallot, and white miso
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Hanger Steak, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and elegant Carmenère for steaks.

The Importer

Old Bridge Cellars

The Importer
703 Jefferson St
Napa, CA 94559
USA
1 707-258-9552

Carmenere

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Carmenère is a red wine produced from the eponymous variety in Chile. It was originally thought to be Merlot that was brought over from Bordeaux in the 19th century, but in the mid-1990s, research proved it was not Merlot, but indeed Carmenère, which had been thought of as extinct.

Top examples originate from the warm Maipo and Colchagua valleys in Chile; the wines are medium- to medium-full in body and offer red cherry fruit along with distinct pepper, tobacco and brown spice aromas and flavors. While early versions were rather bitter, recent examples have displayed great balance and refinement.

Enjoy Carmenère between three to seven years after the vintage date in most cases. The wines pair well with most red meats and are especially enjoyable with heartier fare, such as grilled meats and game.