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Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2010

Carmenere from Chile
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Winemaker Notes

Deep violet-ruby-red in color, the 2010 Single Vineyard Carmenere shows notes of black fruits, sweet spice, and black pepper on the nose. In addition to the palate's intense flavors and excellent typicity, notes of roasted red peppers, soy sauce, and blackberries are complemented by a touch of tobacco and graphite. The tannins are very sweet, mild, and ripe, and the firm, refreshing acidity ensures a long life in the bottle.

Critical Acclaim

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by candied licorice and mocha. Supple and deep on entry, then livelier in the mid-palate, offering sweet blackberry and mulberry flavors sharpened by peppery spices. Supple tannins add shape to the long, smoky, nicely finish.

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Errazuriz, , South America
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Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to... View More

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.