100% Carménère (Organic) from Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $16.99 but available for as low as $8.
From the bottle:
Valle de Colchagua
Dark Chocolate -- Spiced Currant -- Warm Toffee
Serve at 60-65°F -- Medium Body -- Natural Cork
Produced by Emiliana Vineyards from 100% organically grown grapes. Organic viticulture brings forth the true character of the vineyard terroir and allows the grapes to express themselves fully. As a result, distinctive flavors emerge, making a remarkably unique and complex wine.
Emiliana is passionate about wine and nature.
Chile is an incredible country. A country 2,700 miles long but no more than 100 miles wide. It is also a country that has a rich history of winemaking dating back to the 1500s. Over the next several days I will be reviewing eight different wines from Chile made using their signature grape, Carménère. Our first wine comes from the Colchagua Valley, probably the best known region in Chile for red wine.
The 2010 Emiliana Natura Carménère begins with woody aromas of black cherry, toffee and black pepper. The wine tastes juicy and velvety smooth with dark fruit, spice and a good bit of oak. The wine ends with good juicy fruit flavor plus nice tannins that resolve into coffee notes that linger for awhile. Fairly good, but this wine may still be a little young. The wine was not quite as good on day 2.
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Overall Rating: 6.8
1) 2010 Emiliana Natura Carménère
2) 2008 Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carménère
3) 2008 Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carménère
4) 2008 Montes Alpha Carménère
5) 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva Carménère
6) 2009 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carménère
7) 2009 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carménère
8) 2007 Haras de Pirque Character