Carmenere 2009

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairing

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.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Soil composition
Steep, rocky slopes made up of sand over clay: soils of volcanic origin
Training method
VSP Trellis system; bilateral coron training
Elevation
500 feet feet
Vines/acre
1080-1350
Yield/acre
less than 6 tons tons
Exposure
North-South
Year vineyard planted
1999
Harvest time
Early May
First vintage of this wine
2005
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
90% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Fermentation temperature
71.6-78.8 °F
Type of aging container
American oak
Size of aging container
226 L. barrels
Type of oak
American & French
Length of aging before bottling
10 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
3.9 g/L
Acidity
5.5 g/L
Dry extract
34 g/L

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