Reserva Carmenère 2017

Reserva Carmenère 2017 Photo
Region: Maule Valley
Origin: Chile

Tasting Notes

Dark purplish-red in color. The attractive and intense nose offers aromas of black fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and blackcurrants with a delicate touch of chocolate and tobacco, all accompanied by fine notes of oak from barrel aging. The palate presents medium volume with smooth, elegant tannins, good structure, and elegant persistence.

Available Formats: 750ml

Varietal: 98% Carmenère, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Pack Size: 12/750ml
Aging: 60% aged for 10 months in seasoned French and American oak
Vinification: The grapes were hand-picked in May and then immediately sorted at the winery. The fruit was gently de-stemmed to ensure only minimal breakage of the berries. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at temperatures from 77.0° to 82.4°F and extraction levels depending on the batch, with daily testing. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks; a percentage is aged for 4 to 6 months in new and used barrels of French and American oak and a percentage in steel tanks, to keep a balance between fruit and touches of wood.
Food Pairing: Ideal with grilled meats with spice rubs or sweet-and-sour sauces. Also pairs perfectly with quiches and risottos.

Awards & Accolades

  • Vintage 2015 - 87; Wine Spectator

History of Reserva Carmenère 2017

The grapes for the Reserva Carmenère come from twelve-year-old vines from Chilensis’ estate San Rafael vineyard on the Maule Valley (162 miles south of Santiago and 12.5 miles from the Andes Mountains range). The valley is geographically diverse, with a Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and dry with a significant day-night temperature variation. Winters are cold and rainy. Most of the vineyard’s alluvial soils are loam to clay-loam in texture with a moderate fertility. Vigilant canopy management and cluster thinning during the growing season led to a yield of just under four tons per acre.

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