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Spangler

Spangler
2015 Carmenère, Southern Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Spangler
2015 Carmenère, Southern Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
Dark deep purple color. Earthy aromas of juicy raspberries, vanilla bean gelato, mulberry preserves, and fertile earth with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long sandalwood, roasted sweet potato, pomegranate molasses, and roasted pecan finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A plush and fruity Carmenère with a great sense of place; this will serve as a gentle introduction to the variety.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: juicy raspberries, vanilla bean gelato, mulberry preserves, and fertile earth
Taste Flavor: sandalwood, roasted sweet potato, pomegranate molasses, and roasted pecan
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib Au Jus, London Broil, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A plush and fruity Carmenère with a great sense of place; this will serve as a gentle introduction to the variety.

The Producer

Spangler Vineyards

The Producer
491 Winery Ln
Roseburg, OR 97471
USA
1 541-679-9654

Their Portfolio

85 Spangler 2015 Chardonnay, Southern Oregon 14% (USA) $21.00.
89 Spangler 2013 Zinfandel, Southern Oregon 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
90 Spangler 2013 Malbec, Southern Oregon 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Spangler 2013 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon 13.7% (USA) $28.00.
85 Spangler 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
88 Spangler 2013 Claret, Southern Oregon 14.4% (USA) $28.00.
94 Spangler 2014 Zinfandel, Oregon 15.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 Spangler 2014 Sangiovese, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
80 Spangler 2013 Tempranillo, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
88 Spangler 2014 Tempranillo, Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
93 Spangler 2014 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon 14.8% (USA) $28.00.
90 Spangler 2014 Merlot, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
92 Spangler 2014 Petit Verdot, Oregon 14.9% (USA) $38.00.
91 Spangler 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
90 Spangler 2015 Carmenère, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
90 Spangler 2014 Claret, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
94 Spangler 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon 14% (USA) $49.00.
89 Spangler 2016 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
89 Spangler 2016 Merlot, Oregon 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
96 Spangler 2016 Petit Verdot, Oregon 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
95 Spangler 2016 Claret, Oregon 14% (USA) $28.00.
92 Spangler 2016 Carmenère, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $35.00.
94 Spangler 2015 Petit Verdot, Southern Oregon 14.2% (USA) $35.00.

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.