Mission Codename No Bull
Today’s 95 point wine, the Concha y Toro 2011 Cachapoal Valley Terrunyo Peumo Carmenere, is one of the greatest wines that we’ve featured during these last 8+ years. It is certainly the best Carmenere that we’ve ever tasted!
That’s very high praise - for this very well-deserving wine. There isn’t enough for all of our Operatives, so please limit your purchases to 12 bottles.
It’s no wonder that this wine is so good. Winemaker Ignacio Recabarren has been producing hit after hit at Concha y Toro. His experience includes working a handful of vintages for legendary wineries around the world, including Château Maucaillou, Château Margaux, and Château Lafitte in France and the Morton Estate, Matua, and Cloudy Bay wineries in New Zealand.
On the nose, this wine is rich and very fragrant. Aromas just leap off of this wine, delighting your nose with blackberry, blueberry, cassis, sweet tobacco, caramelized raisin, grilled mission fig, savory spice, dark chocolate and smoky black pepper.
The palate is… astounding. Soft and very elegant on entry, with flavors that cascade across the palate: Bold blackberry jam, black cherry, smoky blueberry, cassis, black plum, grilled black fig, savory spice, subtle herbs, dried earth with hints of graphite and black pepper at the end.
We only have a small allocation of this very limited-availability wine, so please reserve yours very soon.
Please don’t purchase more than 12 bottles, so that the rest of our deserving Operatives have a chance to experience this superior wine as well.
What the wine press has to say:
95 points - Wine & Spirits. - _ “Ignacio Recabarren selects Terrunyo from a terrace on the north bank of the Rapel River, blending it with 14 percent cabernet sauvignon from old vines on a high terrace above the Maipo River in Pirque. His 2011 is filled with flavors of blueberries and red plums, integrating the spice and herb notes of the variety into delicate details over the fruit. Firm and muscular, the wine is shaped by the unusually cold vintage in Peumo, which provides an acidity that practically vibrates over the tongue. Cellar it to eventually decant for braised lamb.”_
93 points - Wilfred Wong, Wine.com - _ “A superior Carmenere by any measure, the 2011 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Block 27 is a wine that clearly defines the varietal. Medium ruby color, racy red currant and delicate sage-like aromas, seems quite on point for the varietal, excellent depth and persistence; medium bodied, perky and bright on the palate, fine structure; dry, nice acidity, well balanced; brisk red fruit flavors, long finish, fresh and frisky aftertaste.”_ - June 1, 2015.
92 points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
91 points - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator - “A rich and well-sculpted red, bursting with fresh flavors of dark plum, cherry tart and dried blackberry. Asian spice notes fill in midpalate. The complex finish balances savory and dark chocolate notes.”
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
What the Winery Says
2011 Cachapoal Valley Terrunyo Peumo Carmenere
- Ignacio Recabarren
- 85% Carmenere
- 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Chile, Cachapoal Valley
- Harvest date
- May 7th - May 17th, 2012. Hand picked.
- 12 months
- French oak