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Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars
2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Organically Grown Grapes
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Yorkville Cellars
2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of red peppercorns, paprika, red cassis, pomegranate, savory broth, and sumac with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying notes of strawberry relish with light oak flavor. A delightfully balanced, light-on-its-feet Carmenere that will blend in seamlessly at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: red peppercorns, paprika, red cassis, pomegranate, savory broth, and sumac
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of strawberry relish
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightfully balanced, light on its feet Carmenere that will blend in seamlessly at the table.

The Producer

Yorkville Cellars

The Producer
25701 Highway 128
POB 3
Yorkville, CA 95494
USA
1 707-894-9177

Their Portfolio

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90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
91 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
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89 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
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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.