2010 Laura Hartwig Carmenere Reserva Colchagua Valley

SKU #1121249 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Carmenere Reserva has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, forest floor, licorice and sous-bois. It is one of the more interesting Chilean Carmenere. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. It is quite savory with white pepper and sage, and a nicely balanced, spicy, lingering finish. Very fine. Drink now-2016.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Laura Hartwig is a new discovery for us, and if her 2010 value releases are any indication, certainly a winery to watch in the coming years. Consisting of 80 hectares in the Colchagua Valley, Laura Hartwig works biodynamically to cultivate her grapes. Her Carmenere is that rare breed that combines the delicious, earthy herbaceous quality of Carmenere with beautiful cherry fruit flavors. Tthink traditional, Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux here; the wine has a similar structure and sense of subtle, savory elegance. Quite good, indeed. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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