Santa Ema “Barrel Select” Carmenere, Cachapoal, Chile.

Grape 100% Carménère [car-min-YEHR]   Facts Oh, Carmenere! What happened? You had such potential and there were such high expectations for you! There’s no doubt that Chile hedged their bets on Carmenere doing well, but I think it almost turned into a “novelty grape”, much in the same way as Pinotage in South Africa. As much buzz as their was surrounding Carmenere (as recently as a few years ago), the hype seems to have fallen…

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Veramonte “Primus” Red Wine Blend from Colchagua, Chile.

Grapes 65% Cabernet, 20% Syrah, 8% Merlot, 7% Carmenere   Facts In 1960, a relatively unknown gentleman by the name of Agustin Huneeus burst onto the Chilean wine-scene. He purchased part of the Concha y Toro winery operation, became the winery’s CEO, and is credited with turning it into the largest wine producers in the country. By the 70’s however, things in Chile had gotten kind of crazy! Pinochet had overthrown the Government, and Agustin…

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