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Jason-Stephens Winery

Jason-Stephens Winery
2013 Swing Vineyard, Carmenère, Santa Clara Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$38

Jason-Stephens Winery
2013 Swing Vineyard, Carmenère, Santa Clara Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry custard tart, toffee, and spiced roasted carrots with a supple, tart, dryish medium body and a medium-length finish that shows elements of cranberry, dark roasted nuts, and roasted beet with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice savory red for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Savory, Quaffable, Oaky & New World
Aroma Aroma: berry custard tart, toffee, and spiced roasted carrots
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of cranberry, dark roasted nuts, and roasted beet
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Lamb Kebobs, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice savory red for the table.

The Producer

Jason-Stephens Winery

The Producer
11775 Watsonville Rd
Gilroy, CA 95020
USA
1 408-846-8463

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.