FALL IN LOVE WITH CARMENERE
World Carménère Day
World Carménère Day is on November 24th! Join the world in celebrating the date this delicious ‘lost variety of Bordeaux’ was rediscovered in the vineyards of Chile! Carménère was one of the original red grapes of Bordeaux, but after most of Europe’s vineyards were decimated in the late 1800s, Carménère was largely omitted during vineyard replanting and was eventually presumed extinct. Little did anyone know, Carménère had been thriving in Chile since in the 1850s under the name…Merlot!! Chile had great success with ‘Merlot’ for decades, until a French researcher identified the vast majority of Chilean ‘Merlot’ as the lost grape Carménère! This noble grape has French roots, but the modern identify of Chile’s flagship grape will forever be Chilean. #CarmenereDay
Intense aromas of purple flowers, ripe black fruit, baked plum, camphor, bell pepper, spice, bitter chocolate, green peppercorn
Carmenere is particularly well-suited for the Thanksgiving feast, working well with heavy, roasted, and spicy foods. Carmenere is also a natural match for smoked and grilled meats, cumin-spiced dishes, savory greens, and all the bacon you can throw at it!
A WINEMAKER'S PARADISE
Natural conditions in Chile are perfect for growing grapes:
- Constant water supply from the melted snow of the Andes
- Lack of vine pests and diseases
- Ocean currents from Antarctica bring cool air to the vineyards
- Dependably warm and dry summers
- Today, approximately 70% of Chilean wine is exported
- Chile’s most important red wine variety by far is Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for more than a third of all vines planted.
- Chile’s red wines used to be plagued by unripe, green flavors. Today, improved vineyard practices are providing riper fruit that produce more exuberant wines.
- Chile is no longer just a producer of value-focused wine, today’s producers are quality-focused, and are developing strong commitments to organic and biodynamic agriculture. Move toward exploring unique landscapes for viticulture and abandoned old vine plantings.
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