The Deck Carmenere 2006
This week's wine tip was provided by our wine friends and loyal readers, Bob and Jacki. Thanks!
We have trouble finding a Carmenere that we like, often because they are just a bit too dense for us without much, if any, hint of fruit.
The Deck Carmenere 2006 from Chile (of course) overcomes that problem blending in small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Malbec.
The 2008 vintage of this wine is available in PA by Special Liquor Order (SLO) from the PLCB, code 504259, with a minimum of 12 bottles at $17.49 per bottle. If you're traveling to other states, you may find this wine by the bottle, maybe at a lower cost.
Below is the information provided by Bob and Jacki. This may be more technical data than some of you would like to know, but we've found some of our friends and readers, especially the winemakers who read our newsletter and blog, find this level of detail interesting.
Dark red color. In the nose it has red cherries and plums with a touch of toasty oak. Hints of chocolate and berries. Round tannins, soft but well structure. (We agree!)
APPELLATION: Central Valley (Chile)
Hand picked. Depending on the variety, between end of March to
beginning of May.
Grapes coming from vineyards located in Maule and Rapel Valleys. The soil is stony and shallow.
Grapes were cold macerated for 2 days. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 25° and 28° C. Malolactic fermentation done in tanks. 40% of the blend was aged with American and French oak. Macerated for 15 days.
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