2010 Meli Carignane Maule Valley

SKU #1083498

According to the Wine Spectator: "Open-knit, with round notes of spicy plum, cherry, pepper and underbrush that turn a touch hot on the finish. Drink now." (Web only, 2012) Adriana Cerda, the experienced winemaker at this Chilean winery located in the cooler climate southerly Maule Valley, does not bother so much with the usual international varietals which have become Chile's calling card. Rather, she makes riesling and carignane. It is organic, dry farmed, and from older vines. And it is good wine, showing rich red fruits and hints of orange rind on the nose, with a big rich red fruited palate showing lots of presence and flavor intensity. A richer version than our '08, this wine has 7% cab blended in to the blend.

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Price: $8.99
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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2012 | Send Email
This is old vine carginane at its very best. Complex and worthy of study- black pepper, blackberry, black cherry, cassis with medium acid and fine tannins. Well-balanced, seamless- and a total steal at $12.99! Finally, carignane stands up as a single varietal bottling to shine, shine, shine!
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- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14