2009 was a drier-than-normal vintage, with typical to above average yields. Temperatures were normal at the start of the year and began to climb in March resulting in extremely dry conditions. This produced a ripe and fruit forward style of Carmenere without losing the elegance and softness of the tannins. As cool nights followed the hot, dry days the grapes had a chance to develop greater complexity in both aroma and flavor. Temperatures leveled off and harvest began in early in May. The natural acidity levels are similar to the 2008 vintage and the 2009 Carmenere demonstrates excellent maturity.
Intense violet with rich, ripe aromas of red fruit and vanilla combine with soft spice notes. A full-bodied and juicy profile with blackberry, cherry and a hint of smoke followed by supple tannins and strong finish.
Carmenere has a unique character that makes it the perfect wine to complement flavorful ingredients like garlic, bell peppers, fresh herbs and eggplant. It also pairs well with pasta, hearty soups, spicy entrees and grilled lamb or pork.