Carmen Reserva Merlot
Deep and bright red color. Nose of tasty blackberries and dried fruits; nice sweet spiced oak and cedar nuances. This is opened by a complex bouquet of black berries, chocolate, mint and a toast character. Rich, soft, ripe palate with a silky texture and integrated tannins. Good length and lingering flavor. This wine pairs perfectly with cheeses, seasoned pastas, and poultry.
$24.00 / Bottle $288.00 / Case
Carmen, the oldest of the Chilean wine brands, was founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named it in honor of his wife. The Claro family acquired the brand in 1985 and began the process of transforming it into a world-class winery. A new winery was completed in 1992, located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, just one hour from Chile's capital city of Santiago. Today, the winery seamlessly blends state-of-the-art technology with traditional winemaking processes.
The Carmen team firmly believes in terroir and is continually reevaluating regions and plantings in a quest to produce super premium wines that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s finest. Carmen's vineyards are located throughout Chile's prestigious Central Valley in the premium growing regions of Maipo, Casablanca, Apalta, Rapel and Maule.
Carmen takes pride in its pioneering history. Carmen was the first winery in Chile to cultivate grapes organically (released under the Nativa label) and the first winery to identify and cultivate Carmenère, a variety that originated in Bordeaux but is no longer largely cultivated in France.
This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It comes from Carmen's vineyards in the Colchagua Valley’s sub appellations of Lolol, Pumanque, Marchigue and Apalta. The geographic differences among these zones add complexity and freshness to the final blend. The grapes were carefully selected before crushing, then cold macerated at 4º-5ºC for 7 days to bring out primary aromas and intense color. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks at 25ºC with selected yeasts. Malolactic fermentation took place naturally. 80% of the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 9 months. After bottling, the wine was aged for an additional 2 months before release.