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Tertulia Cellars

Tertulia Cellars
2014 Phinny Hill Vineyard, Carmenère, Horse Heaven Hills

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48
Cellar Selection

Tertulia Cellars
2014 Phinny Hill Vineyard, Carmenère, Horse Heaven Hills

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Black violet color. Aromas of smoked vanilla bean, charred fajita veggies, and latex with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long violet blossoms, crushed blackberry, sun-scortched earth, black licorice, and peppercorn dry-rub finish with firm, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A savory Carmenère with exquisite oak that couldn’t be from anywhere but Horse Heaven Hills.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: smoked vanilla bean, charred fajita veggies, and latex
Taste Flavor: violet blossoms, crushed blackberry, sun-scortched earth, black licorice, and peppercorn dry-rub
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pepper Steak, Steak With Chimichurri, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory Carmenère with exquisite oak that couldn't be from anywhere but Horse Heaven Hills.

The Producer

Tertulia Cellars

The Producer
1564 Whiteley Rd
Walla Walla, WA 99362
USA
1 509-525-5700

Carmenère

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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.