2014 Apaltagua "Envero" Carménère Gran Reserva Colchagua Valley

SKU #1249556 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Gran Reserva Envero is mostly Carménère with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta. It matured in French and American oak barrels for ten to 12 months. It has an herbal, spicy and balsamic nose with a soapy touch. The palate is soft and polished, with moderate acidity. (LG)  (4/2017)

Vinous

 Lurid violet. Spice-accented blackberry, cherry and licorice aromas show good clarity and lift. Spicy and focused on entry and then fleshier in the middle, offering gently sweet black and blue fruit flavors that tighten up and take on a peppery nuance with air. Shows good drive and cut on the finish, which is shaped by dusty, slow-building tannins. (JR)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

This is fairly classic Chilean Carmenere, showing very good varietal characteristics as well as nicely balanced fruit. A small (roughly 10%) Cabernet Sauvignon component is blended in to this wine. Subtle green pepper aromas combine with black cherry on the nose, which lead to a palate of blackberry fruits with just enough of an herbaceous/savory streak to let you know what you are drinking. As always, this is one of the best Carmenere-based wines around for the price. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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Chile

- 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