2011 De Martino Alto de Piedras Carmenere Maipo Valley

SKU #1291337 91 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Intense cherry, dark berry and floral aromas, with smoky mineral and cracked pepper accents that gain power with air. At once rich and lively, offering sappy bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors and a hint of musky herbs. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes long and gently tannic, leaving smoke and subtle vanilla and mocha notes behind. This wine was aged in 100% new French oak. (JR)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Produced from Carmenere vines planted in 1992, this is original and expressive, top-flight Carmenere, aged in one 5,000-liter Stockinger foudre. Definitely the best Carmenere we have tasted to date. Aromas of dark cherry and lightly roasted coffee beans lead to a balanced palate, with the just right amount of brooding fruit balanced by Carmenere's signature savor and snap. De Martino has arguably undergone one of the more radical transformations the wine world has seen in the past five years. The second largest owner of organic vineyards in Chile, with 740 acres in production, De Martino is stepping up to the plate in other ways as well: the winery is 100% carbon neutral and beginning in 2011 they have stopped purchasing new oak barrels. That year they purchased 140 tinajas, the traditional Chilean clay vessels that resemble amphorae, in varying shapes and sizes. They also invested in 5,000-liter Austrian (Stockinger) foudres and continue to seek out Chilean foudres made from the indigenous oak known locally as "raulí."

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
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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 (%): 13