Chile’s history in the Making

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Chile has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the arrival of Spanish, who found an ideal environment to grow vines. The soil was and is still free of phylloxera (a blight that decimated many of Europe’s vineyards in the late 1800s), and the climate provides the type of growing season that ensures full ripening of the fruit. Wealthy Chilean families looked to France as a model and soon imported a selection of rootstocks, just before the outbreak of phylloxera. In this manner, Carmenère came to Chile, where it prospered, misidentified as Merlot for decades.

Savvy Sommelier Susan Dejardins discovered during a wine tasting this delicious Carmenère red wine that she recommends picking up next time you are at the LCBO

Carmen ‘Reserva’ Carmenère 2011

Colchagua Valley
$11.45
LCBO#169052
14.0% alcohol

Dense and darkly hued, this is an aromatic wine with surprising complexity of aromas—spice, plum, blackberry jam, earth and notes of smoky roasted red peppers. Dry, medium-full weight, the round tannins and soft acidity frame ripe berry fruit garnished with notes of grilled spice, pepper and coffee bean. Another approachable, fruity wine that offers great value.

 

Enjoy!
Susan

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