Full Review

Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars
2016 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .01%
Organically Grown Grapes
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40
Cellar Selection

Yorkville Cellars
2016 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .01%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of crisp green pepper, ripe cherry, sugar snap peas, black tea, and chocolate tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long ripe plum and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A vibrant and youthful Carmenère ready to drink now or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: crisp green pepper, ripe cherry, sugar snap peas, black tea, and chocolate tart
Taste Flavor: ripe plum and roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Steak Tartare, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant and youthful Carmenère ready to drink now or cellar.

The Producer

Yorkville Cellars

The Producer
25701 Hwy 128
Yorkville, CA 95494
USA
1 707-894-9177

Their Portfolio

93 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
84 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
85 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Eleanor of Aquitaine Randle Hill Vineyard White Blend, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $46.00.
82 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Amber Folly, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Brut Rosé Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 12% (USA) $36.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
87 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Sparkling Brut Rosé, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 12% (USA) $36.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
91 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
94 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
95 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 M-PV Same Vine, Malbec-Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands-Mendocino County 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.

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.