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Espino Carmenère, Maipo Valley
Espino Carmenère, Maipo Valley
Espino Carmenère, Maipo Valley

2013 Espino Carmenère, Maipo Valley

Variety
Variety
Carmenère
Vintage
Vintage
2013
Style
Style
Rich
Region / Country
Region / Country
Maipo Valley, Chile
Carménère is a Bordeaux variety that was long mistaken for Merlot in Chile, where it’s become the country’s signature red grape.
$17.00 / each
Member Price: $15.30
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Inside Story
Chile produces terrific Cabernet Sauvignon, so it’s no surprise that other Bordeaux grapes, such as Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, thrive in this skinny South American country. But it was a surprise when much of the country’s Merlot vines turned out to be Carménère, a largely forgotten variety from Bordeaux. Like Merlot, Carménère produces medium- to full-bodied reds bursting with rich, plummy fruit flavors and medium tannins; Carménère adds a leafy, herbaceous edge that’s a signature of the grape.
Espino is the entry-level label from William Fèvre Chile, one of the country’s leading quality wine estates. The winery is a partnership between Frenchman William Fèvre, a prominent Chablis winemaker whose family grapegrowing dynasty in Chablis stretches back 250 years, and Chilean Victor Pino. More than 30 years ago, while scouting potential vineyard sites on horseback high in the mountains of the Maipo Valley, Fèvre identified the Pino family’s country retreat as an ideal site for wine grapes. Because Pino wouldn’t sell the land, the two went into business together. Today the cellar is headed by Cristián Aliaga, a veteran of two top Chilean estates, Errázuriz and Veramonte.
In the Glass
This Carménère offers an archetypal example of the varietal: With its moderate tannins and fruity, medium-bodied black plum, earth and herb notes, it’s reminiscent of a cool-climate Merlot. Dashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot add substance and fruitiness.
At the Table
Carménère's naturally herbaceous edge makes it a terrific wine to pair with herb-rubbed steaks and chops. Softer examples of the grape, as with this bottling, are also terrific choices for rich vegetarian fare—the wine’s herb notes work beautifully with earthy vegetables such as eggplant, bell peppers and root vegetables.

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