2009 Gold Carmenere
Chile: Colchagua Valley
Today’s spectacular wine is a beast. An intoxicating, intriguing, delicious beast. This savory and exciting wine, which earned a 92 point score and Editor’s Choice from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, is a blend of Carménère (61%), Cabernet Sauvignon (26%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (5%).
While this wine may be slightly higher in price than Chilean wines that you are used to, rest assured that even at our price, the wine is a super QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) value that you should not miss out on.
Enjoy with a wide variety of complex pairings. In the summertime (and you really should hold a few bottles back), enjoy this wine with your favorite zesty BBQ or grilled steak. In the fall or winter, this wine would be a marvelous companion for your favorite roast.
This wine is drinking beautifully now, and it will continue to progress for the next few years. It drinks very well upon opening, but we recommend that you decant this delicious beast of a wine for best results.
Vivid, foreboding dark scarlet from its heart to outer rim. Beautifully trails down the glass after swirling.
Powerful and exotic, with concentrated aromas of grilled plum, braised black cherry and dark fruit compote mingling with notes of aged leather, sweet tobacco, espresso bean, and a hint of lavender.
Leading with notes of stewed plum, blackberry, and dark cherry, the wine’s dark fruit notes play beautifully off flavors of sweet tobacco, dark chocolate-covered cranberry, and hints of violet and black pepper.
Rustic and bold, yet still wonderfully elegant, the dark fruit notes mellow to a well structured and supremely satisfying finale.
We would recommend pairing this bold red wine with an equally bold meal of braised short ribs, served alongside root vegetables and golden mashed potatoes.
What the Winery Says
The 2009/10 growing season was characterized by a relatively cold spring which lead to lower yields and reduced production and increased concentration in each grape which was later evident in the wines from this vintage. During the ripening period in 2010 temperatures dropped below average and so phenolic ripeness was obtained in balance with great natural acidity, round tannins and moderate alcohol levels. The grapes for this wine come from our Marchigue Vineyard where the rolling slopes with granitic soils enhance the complexity of the final wine and the climate of this vintage contributed further to wines of outstanding quality.
- Marcela Chandía
- 92 Points & Editor’s Choice - Wine Enthusiast
- Colchagua Valley, Chile
- Varietal Composition
- 61% Carmenere, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
- 18 months in French oak, 35% new
About the Winery
The Estampa winery features an avant-garde architectural design, which houses a technical infrastructure incorporating the most efficient and modern equipment available. The winemaking capacity is 2 million liters, distributed among American and French oak barrels, as well as stainless steel tanks with hot and cold double jackets, capable of holding between 5,000 to 50,000 liters. On reception, the grapes pass across two consecutive selection tables, where skilled workers eliminate any elements that might undermine the desired quality of the fruit. A high-tech laboratory supports the highest quality controls implemented by Estampa. Estampa’s top wines are aged in both French and American oak barrels, with a range of toast levels and from various cooperages. The barrels are kept in a temperature-and humidity-controlled underground cellar to protect the wines while they reach their optimum maturity.