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Staff Pick

Terranoble Carmenère, Gran Reserva - 2015

Item # 17595 750mL
$17.96/ Single Bottle
$215.52 $193.97/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

The Carmenère grape came to Chile via Bordeaux in the late nineteenth century, and lately it's been more at home in South America than France. The red wines made from this grape can range from refreshing and easy-drinking to full-bodied and dense. This is one of the brawnier ones, with rich, dark fruit and a touch of spiciness from oak aging.


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Staff Pick Notes

Carmenere is somewhat off the radar. Historically a backwater varietal playing a supporting role in Bordeaux blends it was brought to Chile by immigrants in the mid nineteenth century and it thrived in a climate between cool mountain temperatures and the Pacific coast. Unfortunately it didn't get much credit. Mistaken for Merlot (due to it's smooth profile) until the nineties when it the truth was uncovered. Carmenere is finally coming into its own as a distinct varietal. The Terranoble gran reserve showcases the depth of the fertile Colchagua valley at the base of the highest Andean peaks. Velvety plum notes have a hint of spicy cacao on the finish. This is an easy drinking wine that compliments a wide range of cuisines. Drink tonight and keep a bottle to cellar.

- TD

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Chile

Chilean winemakers are known for opening their arms to forgotten European grape varieties, nursing them back to health, and then releasing them back to the rest of the world - and we can’t thank them enough for it. Chile’s friendly, delicious Carmenères are the best example, but Chile is generally one of the most consistent sources of delicious, ready-to-drink, approachable wines. Cabernet...

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Carmenère

Hundreds of years ago, the red Carmenère grape was widely used in the blended wines of the best châteaux in Bordeaux. No more, however: it was difficult to grow and often gave low yields, so the French mostly abandoned it. It has recently found a home in Chile, where it has successfully been made into full-bodied, deep red varietals.