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De Martino Alto de Piedras Carmenere 2014

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Winemaker Notes

Mediterranean temperate climate. Alluvial soils.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The top Carmenere at De Martino is the 2014 Single Vineyard Alto de Piedras, sourced from a plot planted on one of the stony alluvial terraces of the Maipo River which suits the variety to avoid green aromas and flavors in its wines. They want to offer a typical Carmenere with spice, tobacco leaves and red fruit notes, but without too much alcohol, over-ripeness or excess oak to try to cover the herbal tones. 2014 was a good year for Carmenere, with moderate yields. The vines were planted ungrafted in 1992 in their Isla de Maipo vineyards and are organically-farmed. The grapes were harvested quite early and fermented with native yeasts. The wine was kept in second use 5,000-liter oak foudres for 30 months. If you think about vodka and jalapeños when you hear the name Carmenere, you need to try this one, because it will change your perception of the grape. This is another dimension of Carmenere, trying to look for dry-farming characteristics in a zone that needs irrigation. They achieve complete ripeness of the grape avoiding the vegetal aromas and the high alcohol. This is subtle, austere, serious in a (good) Bordeaux way (think Lafleur) with hints of tobacco leaves and spices. There is superb balance in the palate, and it feels very young, with ultra refined chalky tannins and good freshness. This is the style of Carmenere I like, but it's very hard to get, and it's possibly unique in Chile. 13,041 bottles were filled in November 2016.
WS 91
Wine Spectator

Ripe, powerful and pure-tasting, with some smoky notes to the dried dark fruit and mulled spiced flavors. Finishes with mocha and dried herbal accents. Drink now through 2022.

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Founded in Isla de Maipo (Chile), since 1934 the De Martino family has specialised in producing wines that reflect their origin and the character of each vineyard, based on solid principles of sustainable farming and traditional winemaking techniques. Today, the winery brings together the experience of the third generation of the family - represented by Pietro, Marco and Remo De Martino- with the dynamism and vision of Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, the fourth generation. De Martino labelled and exported Chile’s first Carmenere in 1996 and was a pioneer winery working century-old vineyards in the Itata Valley, incorporating old winemaking techniques that set a precedent in South America.

On De Martino's tours, you can taste wines from Chile’s very diverse regions, try one of the world's best Carmenere wines and see the exciting process of wine creation. Just one hour from Santiago, a bilingual guide will explain the whole process of making our wines in a tour that starts with the work in the vineyards and goes through to bottling and ageing. You will also be able to find out about our innovative winemaking techniques in amphorae and foudres, methods that are unrivalled in Chile’s wine industry. This is the ideal opportunity to discover the best and most varied range produced in Chile.

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The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.

The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.

White wines are also produced with great prosperity, especially near the cooler coast, include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Dark, full-bodied and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère found great success with its move to Chile in the mid-19th century. However, the variety went a bit undercover until 1994 when many plantings previously thought to be Merlot, were profiled as Carménère. Somm Secret— Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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