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Lion & Dove

Lion & Dove
2017 Carmenère, Curico Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Gluten-Free, Vegan,Kosher
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Lion & Dove
2017 Carmenère, Curico Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of strawberry preserves, roasted root vegetables, smoked cherries, and sun dried tomatoes with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and raisin finish. A silky smooth, earthy carmenere that’s easy to pair.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: strawberry preserves, roasted root vegetables, smoked cherries, and sun dried tomatoes
Taste Flavor: dark chocolate and raisin
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky smooth, earthy carmenere that's easy to pair.

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Carmenere

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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.