Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Carmenere Tasted April 2013

1. De Martino Single Vineyard Carmenere Alto de Piedras Case of 6 Bottles (2010)

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A bit tight but showing compelling complexity with floral, tobacco, and green peppercorn spice aromas framing the core of blue plum and black currant fruit. There's noticeable dose of oak here, but it remains buffered by the fruit. Rich with fruit tannins, this really pops on entry with bright, pure boysenberry and plum fruit layered over toasty oak spice, dried herbs and an earthy base note. There's fine power here but at the same time this remains focused and transparent with almost lacy structural component supporting everything. The oak become more apparent on the back end, but melds seamlessly with the tart blue and red fruit on the earthy, long, mineral and dark chocolate laced finish. This is lovely, really showing compelling clarity and cut while delivering excellent intensity and purity of fruit. 92pts
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