Opulent and rich, Carménère boasts the luscious flavors of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins. Carménère is considered the national grape of Chile. Like many of the world's leading grapes, it was born in the French wine region of Bordeaux. The grape was finicky in the French climate, and often had difficulties ripening. When the Phylloxera plague of 1857 wiped out most of Europe's vineyards, Carménère was considered extinct. Luckily, before Phylloxera hit Europe, a few Carménère cuttings had been exported to Chile, whose wine region was just getting started. The vines flourished in the drier climate and were soon growing in most Chilean wine regions. But, up until 20 years ago, it was often mistaken for Merlot, despite their different appearance in the vineyard and distinct tastes in the glass. 16 liters with GenuWine Winery Crushed Skins, American Oak, Lalvin Bourgovin RC 212 yeast, and 30 labels.
Pre-Order Only. Deadline is October 16th, 2017. View 2018 RQ Program here. Available February 2018
Each year our RQ wines are released to great anticipation and excitement. Many of the best go on to win awards in winemaking competitions. Our loyal customers remember their favorites and request we bring them back again to restock their cellars.
Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively in The Gold Standard Collection: Australian Shiraz Viognier, Chilean Carménère, Spanish Tempranillo, and German Riesling.
These distinguished wines set a gold standard for elegance, ageability and finesse - a true celebration of excellence in craft winemaking.
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