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C arménère is known by two titles: Chile’s Signature Grape and the Lost Grape. Tonight we will taste eight of Chile’s best Carménère and Carménère blends and find out why it’s the signature grape for a country that is producing more and more of wines we enjoy in the United States.

In our humble opinion (across the 16 tasters gathering for tonight’s tasting). Montes was the favorite followed by the Carmen then the Casla Silva. But Clint is twisting my arm and says the Haras De Pirque is number 2 and at $13 price point is an excellent value. But the bottom line is that everyone one of the wines tonight was excellent. Trying to select the favorites is a disservice to the others. Great tasting. Great wines. Great recipes.

We joined Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer (in New York) and eight winemakers (in Santiago, Chile) in our fifth participation of a Virtual Wine Tasting held by the Wines of Chile group. This one is being called Carménère & Curry: Spice it Up! We were provided with exotic curry recipes and suggested pairings that Dennis has been preparing in his kitchen all day.

Fred will be tasting and trying the same dishes, selected by Nissa Pierson and presented by Palak Patel in New York, while we and a group of tasting friends taste and listen to comments from the winemakers in Chile and post our comments here and via Twitter.

As for being “the Lost Grape” this grape was never lost to Chile, only to the rest of the world. Unfortunately it took a while for Chile to discover that this was in fact Carménère and not Merlot, which has a very similar cluster and leaves.

Actually it is known as the “Lost Grape of Bordeaux.” Phylloxera (root rot) had destroyed most of the vineyards of Europe by the late 1800’s. When they found a solution to Phylloxera the growers in Bordeaux chose not to replant Carménère. So until the mid-1990’s the World thought this grape was extinct. Genetic testing showed what had been thought to be Merlot grapes in Chile was actually Carménère. Having been “lost” for more than a century this grape has made quite a comeback.

So here are the wines presented tonight, with complete details on the wines, the wineries and tonight’s winemakers. Our tasting comments are posted in front of the wine descriptions. You can click on any of the wine names in the display boxes to visit the winery’s website.


Emiliana Natura Carménère 2010

Colchagua Valley, Chile

 

[quote]Juicy…sexy… soft… That’s the standard that Fred set before we started tasting. Does this wine meet that standard. Yes, according to the group.  Juicy, Sexy and soft according to Frank.  Blackcurrant. Organic wines sometimes scares people but its natural for a Chilean wine. There seems to be communication problems with Chile so we are doing our own thing right now.   Unfortunately we didn’t hear a word of the Emilio’s comments. [/quote]

 

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Emiliana Natura Carménère 2010

 

Variety: 85% Carménère, 15% Syrah

 

Harvest: Hand-picked May 11th – May 22nd.

 

Vinification:
20% in French oak barrels for 6 months.

 

Tasting notes:
Color: Deep ruby red
Nose: light notes of cherries with a spicy touch of black pepper
Palate: powerful tannins and bright acidity, resulting in a fresh and juicy wine with a very good finish.
Price: $16.99

 

 

[/tab] [tab]E miliana Vineyards produces a complete portfolio of organic and biodynamic wines with character, faithful expression of terroir and unique personality. All of Emiliana’s work is aimed at a single concept—excellence—and is guided by its high standards for production and the philosophy of seeking “harmony between the maximum quality of its wines and the respect for the environment.” They have met this enormous challenge by treating the vineyard as a living resource that must be respected and therefore practice biodynamic, organic, and sustainable agriculture that minimizes the use of artificial processes and synthetic products in its wines.
More than a decade ago, brothers José and Rafael Guilisasti began the visionary process of converting a traditional Chilean winery into one that was 100% organic with minimal environmental impact through the practice of organic and biodynamic agriculture. Their objective was to create wines that would compete in quality with any wine in the world, while respecting the cycles of nature. Now, a decade later, what began as a dream has become a complete and varied portfolio of the highest quality wines.
This company-wide commitment has returned concrete results. During the period 2005-2009, Emiliana has seen an eight-fold increase in its sales of wines made with organically grown grapes, and during the same time period, distribution expanded from 25 to almost 50 countries around the globe. The winery has made a commitment to its team, the environment and the community. Emiliana has 2,223 acres of organic vineyards certified by IMO (Switzerland) and 1,433 acres certified biodynamic by Demeter (Germany), as well as another 484 acres in the process of certification, for a total of 2,707 acres of company owned vineyards in the Casablanca, Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua, and Bio-Bio Valleys. Emiliana was Chile’s first winery to receive the ISO 14001 environmental management certification in addition to its Social Responsibility certificate from IMO For Life.
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[tab]Emilio Contreras received his degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialization in Oenology from the University of Chile. His journey in oenology began in 1999 during his first internship at Concha y Toro’s
cellar in Puente Alto, where he got to work with grapes of the highest quality. While still a student, he worked as an assistant winemaker at Viña Valdivieso working with varieties such as Malbec and Cabernet Franc. He also worked at Lapostolle, where he learned about the characteristics of the vines and wines of the Colchagua Valley.
In 2004, he made his way abroad and worked for 6 months at MacRostie winery in Sonoma, California where he learned about the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties. He returned to Chile and worked as a winemaker at Viña Terramater, located in the Maipo Valley, which is the place of origin of Chile’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. He then decided to explore another of the new world winemaking countries, and worked for 6 months in the Australian winery Brementon Wines from Langhorne Creek and specialized in Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Emilio joined Emiliana’s team of winemakers in 2007 and is currently in charge of the red varieties that come from Los Robles Cellar in the Colchagua Valley. He is responsible for the reserve wines as well as two premium organic lines, with a special emphasis on wines headed for North America. He sees his work at Emiliana as a huge opportunity for producing wines with unique character and identity made from organic agriculture. He also profoundly believes in Emiliana’s philosophy where all of the work done focuses on a single concept, excellence, which is based on the harmony between the maximum quality of the wines and the respect for the environment and workers.[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 


Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carménère 2008

Paredones Estate, Colchagua Valley, Chile

 

[quote]Some say it is a bit smoother but others say it is more acidic. Doesn’t have the tannins the first one did. Mouthfeel is lighter. Color is lighter. A bit peppery, maybe wood smoke. This is a little bit acidic. This one seems more terrior specific. Now we wishing we had more than one bottle so we can taste with the food and the wine more. [/quote]

 

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Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carménère 2008

Variety: 100% Carménère

Harvest: 100% hand-picked in small trays, preselected in the vineyard according to quality classification and ripeness, Harvest date April 20th

Vinification:
Grapes cooled down to below 41°F upon arrival at the winery.
Hand sorting of grapes both before and after de-stemming.
Pre-fermentative maceration for eight days at 46°F.
Alcoholic fermentation for 14 days at 82-86°F.
Post ferment maceration for 10 days.
Run off and then malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels.
85% aged in new French oak barrels for 10 months.
15% in stainless steel tanks.

 

Tasting notes:
Color: Deep ruby with a violet rim.
Nose: Intense with notes of ripe black fruits and hints of wild
forest fruits.
Palate: Good balance between fruit and oak, good structure, powerful, sweet and round tannins, and notes of boysenberries, hints of tobacco, excellent finish.

Price: $22.00

 

[/tab] [tab]I n 1892, Mr. Emilio Bouchon, a French oenologist, first arrived in Chile. Shortly after, his children took over the running of the vineyards, some of which are nearly a hundred years old today and continue to be the source of excellent wines. With the passing of the years and for different reasons, the family’s old vines were divided up amongst different owners, some of whom were members of the family.
It was in 1977 that Mario Silva, married to Maria Teresa Silva Bouchon, began recovering the land on which the old vines were planted. A dentist by profession, he decided to immerse himself in his life-long passions: land and wine. Slowly but surely, Mario Silva recovered for the family what was once theirs, and Angostura was restored to the condition in which it was originally intended, albeit with latter day farming techniques. At the beginning of 1997, Mario Pablo Silva, Mario Silva’s eldest son, proposed that he transform the bulk business to a bottling enterprise, exporting fine wines with brands of their own. Mario Silva accepted the proposal on the condition that Mario Pablo, a commercial engineer by profession, run the project. Mario Pablo accepted the challenge and moved with his family within a few miles of the cellar and land, organizing the new offices on-site at the winery. The Casa Silva brand was created and the overhauling of the cellar and land began. That same year, the beginnings of a worldwide distribution base were founded. Mario Pablo’s brothers joined the company: Gonzalo in Agriculture, a position which would later lead him to successfully run the three estates, and Francisco in Public Relations, a welcomed addition who immediately put Viña Casa Silva on the map, as far as the local market was concerned. A family board was also established, including Mario Pablo’s father, mother, two brothers and two external consultants. Finally, life as an export company of fine bottled wines was underway for Viña Casa Silva. Attention to detail backed by a strong work ethic and constant innovation have transformed Casa Silva into one of the principal Chilean wineries supplying premium wines. [/tab]
[tab]Jose Ignacio Maturana was born and raised in San Fernando, Colchagua Valley – Chile, he is an Agronomic Engineer and Enologist who received his degree from the Catholic University of Chile. After completing his studies in 2000 he joined the Silva Family, the owners of Chile’s most awarded winery, Casa Silva. Maturana soon became involved in one of the most dynamic winemaking teams of the Chilean wine industry, and in 2003 he successfully managed a groundbreaking investigation called the MicroTerroir project. That investigation has allowed for great improvements in terroir selection and has been recognized by the press as a significant contribution for the Chilean wine industry as a whole. For the last 2 years he has also been actively involved in the world’s first ever investigation on the different Carménère clones, a variety for which he has received many awards. His most recent undertaking is the conversion of 130 hectares from traditional to organic viticulture in the Colchagua Valley. All his expertise in the vineyard and the cellar has brought Jose Ignacio to be part of Chile’s most awarded winemaking team since 2000, a very solid achievement given his young age. A father of three children, he has been called one of the most influential winemakers for the future of the Chilean wine industry.[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 


Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carménère 2008

Leyda Valley, Chile

 

 

[quote]Black pepper. Clint says black cherry in his first response but second taste seems more plum. Dennis says this one is opening in the glass. We should have let this one breath for at least 30 minutes. Fruit forward but not lush. Terry says it tastes like a grape just before it turns to a raisin. This is a good food wine. And pretty good by itself. [/quote]
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Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carménère 2008

Harvest: Picked in late April
Vinification:
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Grapes picked in late April, de-stemmed, partially crushed and cold macerated for five days prior to fermentation
Must was inoculated with selected yeasts and fermentation took place at 77°-82°f
Pumpovers were frequent during the first two-thirds of the process and then reduced to half in order to extract all of the potential from the skins
The new wine remained on its skins for another 20 days to develop well-rounded sweetness that characterizes the wine.
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Tasting notes:
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Color: Deep and intense ruby red.
Nose: Fresh black fruits and notes of spice.
Palate: Rich oak, chocolate and vanilla characteristics resulting in a big and flavorful wine that is concentrated and persistent without sacrificing elegance or depth.
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Price: $19.99 [/tab] [tab]I n 1880, a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha, founded Viña Santa Rita in the same area of Alto
Jahuel where its main facilities are currently located. In 1980 Santa Rita was acquired by the Claro Group, one of Chile’s
most important economic holdings. Currently, Viña Santa Rita is one of Chile’s most enterprising and quality-focused producers. In 2010, Santa Rita was chosen Winery of the Year for 10th time by the influential Wine and Spirits magazine.
Santa Rita exports 1.3 million cases of wine per year to more than 70 countries around the world, making it one of the three largest
wine producers in Chile. It has a long and illustrious history stretching back over 120 years to the early days of Chilean winemaking, and today owns more than 3,200 hectares of outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important wine growing regions. Santa Rita, with its ongoing focus on terroir, innovation, and brand development, works with its highly experienced winemakers to produce wines that are consistently delicious, distinctive and authentically unique.[/tab]
[tab]Tibisay Baesler is a last minute addition to the program. We will add some details as soon as we can get it.[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]


Montes Alpha Carménère 2008

Colchagua Valley, Chile

 

[quote]Dennis and Clint say that’s perfect with the curry. This goes cuts through the spice. Jammy. Plum. Very soft. One taster says it’s acidic to him. There seems to be just enough Cab to add some lushness. Dan says this is his favorite so far tonight. Gustavo says it has a bit of the angels… I wish I had written down exactly. He affirmed what we thought and he said the Cab adds some structure. Mrs. Dan says pepper, pepper pepper. Yum [/quote]

 

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Montes Alpha Carménère 2008

Variety: 90% Carménère, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: Hand picked.

Vinification:
Grapes were hand-picked using small bins in order to keep the grapes in perfect condition.
Macerated at low temperatures (48°f) for seven days before fermentation.
The fermentation process lasts 10 days during which a few pumpover processes are done in order to obtain color and soft tannins.
Wine was moved to French oak barrels (new and used) where it was kept for 12 months.

Tasting notes:
Color: Deep ruby red color.
Nose: Black pepper aromas with hints of red berries, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and black plums.
Palate: Distinctively smooth with rounded and soft tannins; long finish with beautifully integrated and balanced oak.

Price: $24.00 [/tab] [tab]T he entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the potential of Chilean wines are two factors that led to the founding of Montes in 1987 — a time when few dared to bet on the wine industry in our country. The commercial engineer Alfredo Vidaurre was trying to save San Pedro vineyard from bankruptcy after the economic crisis that struck Chile in the early 1980s, so he called marketing specialist Douglas Murray and winemaker Aurelio Montes. While working together, the protagonists of this story struck up a close friendship, driven by a vision: Chile is a country blessed with the ability to produce and export wine of the highest quality. This is how the foundation was built for their own company, tinged with a passion and commitment capable of changing the face of the national wine industry. The small company began operations in Curicó, originally under the name ‘Discover Wine’. The name was later changed to Montes, alluding to the name of the winemaker and the image of the mountains that appeared on the label. While the reputation of Aurelio Montes as a winemaker, leader and innovator grew, Douglas Murray created a seamless web of worldwide distribution. A tireless traveler, he promoted the image of Chile and its wines while building trust and friendships that blossomed over the years.
Protected by angels, symbols present as a guardian behind the success of Montes, they governed the company and its associated philosophy of life and Feng-Shui, which was applied in the design of the modern winery in Apalta. Today, over 90% of Montes wines are intended for export, and are distributed in over 100 countries on five continents. They are preceded by a reputation earned over two decades of history and reflected in the preference given to them by consumers, the recognition of the specialists,
and high scores and awards at national and international levels. Though Alfredo Vidaurre and Douglas Murray are no longer with us the team at Montes continues to create the best wines, taking risks with new horizons and projects that will undoubtedly continue to surprise and delight wine lovers around the world.[/tab]
[tab]Gustavo Hörmann is Viña Montes’ winemaker and working closely with Aurelio Montes, is responsible for the quality of the wines of Montes. Hörmann leads the winemaking team and is in charge of managing all production facilities. Hörmann holds degrees in Agronomy and Oenology from the Catholic University of Chile. He received the best exam score of his generation and was awarded “Best Winemaker test Rendered in Chile” in 2004. Prior to his current position he was the Chief Winemaker of Montes’ Curicó winery, responsible for winemaking and management of a staff of 102 employees. He was also Chief Winemaker of the Montes Winery in Apalta and was in charge of winemaking and care of the Alpha line and icon wines produced by Viña Montes[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 

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Carmen Gran Reserva Carménère 2009

Apalta-Colchagua Valley, Chile

 

[quote]More complex on the nose than the first four. Black cherries. A little pucker at the finish. Goes very nicely with spicy pork or chicken. Tim says he tastes a bit of vanilla. A great finish that just lingers and spikes with a tartness then fades. [/quote]
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Carmen Gran Reserva Carménère 2009

Harvest: Hand-picked
Vinification: Grapes were hand-picked and carefully hand selected before crushing
A period of cold maceration (39°-41°f) for seven days to ensure maximum retention of strong fruit flavors and color extraction.
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 82°-84°f.
Total maceration of 40 days.
Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.
Bottled and aged in cellars for an additional two months.

Tasting notes: Nose: Nose is pure with notes of black fruits and deeply integrated spices
Palate: Generous palate with voluptuous tannins that are gentle, firm and concentrated. The wine has good structure and great length.

Price: $16.99

 

 

[/tab] [tab]C armen, Chile’s oldest winery, was founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery after his beloved wife, Carmen. Today, Carmen is one of Chile’s top wineries, acclaimed for its quality and long history of innovation and achievement. It was at Carmen that the Carmenère variety was rediscovered in 1994. From that moment on, a “before” and an “after” period came into existence in the world’s wine industry. Carmenère has become the personal signature of premium Chilean wine in the world and it all started at our Carmen vineyards. Carmen has been awarded Winery of the year seven times by Wine & Spirits magazine, reflecting the company’s commitment to the quality and consistency of its wines. The site of each Carmen vineyard was carefully chosen for the exceptional quality of the grapes produced. Carmen owns vineyards in Chile’s most acclaimed winegrowing zones—the Limarí, Casablanca, Leyda, Maipo, Rapel, Apalta and Curicó Valleys. The winery and main vineyard are located in Alto Maipo, 19 miles south of the Chilean capital, Santiago.[/tab]
[tab]Sebastián Labbé joined the winemaking team at Carmen in 2005 and cultivated a strong and motivated group that scours Chile’s wine regions for the finest expression of each varietal. Part of his role at Carmen is a terroir hunter and he has traveled throughout Chile looking for the best terroir for each variety. He has dug many trial pits and undertaken many studies on soil, climate and micro-vinifications from different parts of Chile. Carmen Gran Reserva wines are the result of all this research. Sebastián Labbé’s work has been innovative in the vineyards where he has spent most of his time working. In Carmen he uses experimental techniques for determining the best moment to harvest a particular vineyard: Multispectral photographs, Magnetic Conductivity and Dyostem.
Labbé has a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand. While studying, Labbé worked in Martinborough, a premium cool climate region in New Zealand. He went to the Hunter Valley in Australia to work at Tyrrel’s Wines after completing his degree. Labbé also worked as an assistant winemaker at the Margrain Vineyard, a boutique winery in Martinborugh focused on aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. He makes yearly technical trips to the most renowned wine regions around the globe.[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 

 


Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carménère 2009

Rapel Valley, Chile

 

[quote]Moving to a new valley. Mark says this is super dark and really heavy. Dates, raisins. Driest finish so far. Very fruit forward that is dry on finish. This is the most devisive wine of the evenng. The group is divided. One half says it is great as it. The other that this wine really needs food. One of the middle group says it goes well with dark chocolate (Dan likes it). Clint says this is a bold wine that needs to age a bit. Fred just reminded us about our last tasting… when the miners were freed. That was a great tasting and night. [/quote]

 

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Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carménère 2009

Variety: 100% Carménère

Harvest: Precision agriculture: lots were identified and managed upon soil type, variety and clone, age of vines. Grapes were hand-picked.

Vinification:
Double sorting table (clusters and berries).
Five days of cold soak, up to 30 days of total maceration.
Traditional fermentation with select yeasts.
Use of barrels from Burgundy and Bordeaux.
15 months of barrel aging, 6 months of bottle aging before release.

Tasting notes:
Color: Dark ruby red.
Nose: Minerals, a touch of herbs, lots of spice and black fruits.
Palate: Smooth, ripe, layered, concentrated and lengthy.
Serve at 64°F (18°C)

Price: $19.99 [/tab] [tab]”R eserva de Familia” are wines that look for elegance and complexity, concentration and typicity. They carry the weight of Santa Carolina’s tradition, a history of 135 years of entrepreneurship and vision. Its founder, Luis Pereira Cotapos, had the dream of producing a Bordeaux in the New World. He followed his heart and convinced three French winemakers to move to Chile, bringing vines along with them. They settled in the Maipo Valley and developed a fine producing winery. By 1889, the recognition came from its mentors, obtaining a Gold Medal for its Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon at the Exposition Universelle of 1889, held in Paris. Tradition and Heritage in a single and refined wine.[/tab]
[tab]Alejandro Wedeles , winemaker for Santa Carolina, earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Catholic University of Chile. His past experience includes work at Santa Rita, as well as wineries in California, Spain and France. His philosophy is concentration and elegance in wine, always searching for old vineyards and a belief in wine blending. He says “After trials and thorough investigation, we now understand the unbreakable link between soil, climate and the varietal clone we grew to achieve the style we are looking for. We seek terroirs which offer unique characters and which express our innovative spirit.”[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 


Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carménère 2009

Rapel Valley, Chile

 

[quote]Dan really likes this one. Fruit forward. Slightly dry finish. Jammy is the word amongst the group. Maybe some red cherries on this one. Very fruity. Plums and prunes. Angie likes it saying it’s smooth. Franky paid the ultimate compliment… it tastes expensive. Dennis says this one has more depth that the others. The tasting notes says it has bite but we disagree. Goes great with dark chocolate. Dan says he loves it with the curry chicken… and the pork and the apple saugage. Marcelo says barrel oak smells and Clint says French Oak for sure. [/quote]

 

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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carménère 2009

Variety: 100% Carménère

 

Harvest: Hand-picked May 11th – May 22nd.

 

Vinification:
18 months in french oak barrels.

 

Tasting notes:
Color: Dark and deep red.
Nose: Intense dark plums, black currants and dark chocolate.
Palate: Moderate in tannins, which are soft and finely ground. The wine shows firm tannic structure, with a crisp bite of acidity.

 

Price: $20.00

 

 

[/tab] [tab]C oncha y Toro is the symbol of Chilean wine in the world and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wineries. With consolidated sales in 2010 of $735 million and more than 29.2 million cases sold, Concha y Toro proves the strength of its international leadership with a presence in more than 135 countries. Its successful history of almost 130 years has been recognized by the world’s most prestigious publications, with sixteen honors as “Vineyard of the Year” in Wine & Spirits; the title of “Second most powerful wine brand in the world,” according to The Power 100 of Intangible Business; and extraordinary scores for its wines in specialized media such as Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. The development of a broad portfolio of wines enables the company to participate in the different market categories and respond favorably to consumer trends. The business strategy has been to strengthen the premium wine segment, for which it has a solid base with the Casillero del Diablo brand, now projected to superior levels with consolidated brands which today are benchmarks for their quality and consistency, like Don Melchor, the Terrunyo line and Marqués de Casa Concha, among others. At the same time, the company has promoted the growth of winery subsidiaries, opening up new distribution channels and attracting new consumers through its novel and differentiating wine offerings. The principal subsidiaries are Viña Cono Sur, Viña Maipo, Viña Palo Alto, Viña Maycas del Limarí, Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos, which operates in Argentina, and the Joint Venture with the prestigious winery, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, which producesthe Almaviva brand.[/tab]
[tab]Winemaker Marcelo Papa has enjoyed a distinguished career at Viña Concha y Toro. For ten years he has been in charge of perhaps the most famous and traditional wine range in the Super Premium segment, not just at the Company, but also in Chile. From the moment the passionate winemaker took charge of Marques de Casa Concha in 1999, his vitality prompted a renaissance in the brand – without compromising its classical style – and achieved precisely what the Chilean wine industry needed: modern wines full of character that could open foreign markets for Chilean ultra premium offerings. Marcelo Papa and his incorporation of better viticulture and winemaking techniques has had a significant impact on the quality of Marques de Casa Concha turning it into the highly coveted wine it is today. Its classical style aims to extract the highest concentration and the finest character from traditional vineyard produced grapes. His wines, always over the 90-point mark, have attracted numerous
domestic and international awards that attest to remarkable winemaking and the tremendous praise Concha y Toro earns. Marcelo Papa is a precise yet restless winemaker whose passion and drive won him the 2004 Winemaker of the Year Award from one of the country’s most prestigious publications, the Chilean Wine Guide[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 


Haras De Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon/Carménère 2007

Maipo Valley, Chile

 

[quote]Jim thinks this one is very similiar to number one (Emiliana Natura). Dennis agrees and says this one should have been tasted earlier. Terry says she detects a bit of black olive on the nose. Dan says maybe a bit of black olive on the taste. This is the only true blend of the night. Although from a rocky soil area this isn’t a real minerally wine. This being a 2007 shows it had to age a bit to show its true flavors. We think this one will keep for many years and only get better. [/quote]

 

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Haras De Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon/Carménère 2007

Variety: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Carménère, 13%, Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah

Harvest: Hand picked at the end of April.

Vinification:
Individual vineyard parcels were fermented separately and pumped over regularly for soft and elegant tannin extraction.
After the wines were pressed off their skins, they were racked into barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation.
After 14 months in new French oak and one year old barrels, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Drink now until 2013

Tasting notes:
Color: Deep Purple Color.
Nose: Natural herbs and spices dominate the fresh flavor of the wine.
Palate: Tobacco, earthy and mineral notes. Complex, elegant and long-lasting on the palate.
Price: $13.00 [/tab] [tab]H aras de Pirque estate is located in the most privileged winegrowing sector of Chile’s Maipo Valley, in the foothills of the Andes mountains. the property has an attractive and internationally renowned thoroughbred breeding farm, surrounded by exceptional vineyards planted on the foothills and crowned by a horseshoe shaped winery. here, Haras de Pirque produces wines aimed at establishing a new paradigm defined by outstanding quality, originality, refinement and passion.[/tab]
[tab]Raúl Andrés Aparicio Kocher
was born in Santiago in 1973, Kocher graduated as an Agriculture Engineer with a specialization in Fruitculture, in 1998, from Universidad de Chile. After Three Years of working in the fresh fruit business, he received a scholarship from the government of France to obtain a Diploma in Oenology at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie de Toulousse, during 2002 and 2003. As a Winemaker, he worked at Domaine de la Présidente, located in the viticulture French region of South Ródano, until 2005 where he specialized in the production of wines of the following varieties: Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône and Cairanne.
Kocher came back to Chile in 2006, where he began his work at Haras de Pirque, taking on the responsibility of managing the vineyards. He is also a Professor at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago and a consultant to a café that offers natural food.[/tab][/tabcontent] [/tabs]

 

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