Rapel Valley, Chile - This wine is emblematic of Carmenere in Chile. It stands out for its balance and spice, pepper, plum and coffee flavors. Its palate shows dark chocolate notes and dried plum combined in perfect harmony. Its finish is medium but still complex.
Chilean wine production dates back more than 400 years. Spanish colonists, quick to recognize the terrain as ideal for viticulture, were the first to plant vines in the valleys that would come to define Chilean wine regions. They started with País, which would be the primary grape for Chilean wine for the next 300 years, until globetrotting Chileans, flush from the country’s agricultural and mining riches, brought home French vines to grow their favorite Bordeaux varieties.