Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Rapel Valley Sideral 2007

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Toasty sage and herb notes lead the way. This features a core of currant and black cherry fruit backed by a lightly firm edge on the finish. Not generous, but focused. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenandegrave;re, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Drink now.

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KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and a love of the land and rural life. Marilyn K Hoopes, co-founder of Karmère, grew up in Teton Valley, Idaho on a potato farm on the Teton river in full view of the Grand Tetons. In l978, at age twenty-six, she moved to Amador County and fell in love with the bucolic Shenandoah Valley. She also fell i... Read more
KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and a love of the land and rural life. Marilyn K Hoopes, co-founder of Karmère, grew up in Teton Valley, Idaho on a potato farm on the Teton river in full view of the Grand Tetons. In l978, at age twenty-six, she moved to Amador County and fell in love with the bucolic Shenandoah Valley. She also fell in love with Todd Pickens who had recently moved from the Bay area and prior from L.A. to Amador County to become a "back to the lander." They made their home in Jackson, California and in l990 bought their first piece of property in Shenandoah Valley: a seventeen acre parcel adjacent to Terre Rouge. This is their home place. In l994, they completed an IRS 1031 real property trade and obtained the eighty-nine acre Jameson Ranch where the winery and tasting facility now exists. The name "Karmère" (car-mare) is in honor of Marilyn's mother Karma Hoopes: "mère" is the French word for mother. Since the land exchanged came from Marilyn's parent's estate and the existing farm in Idaho bears her father's name, Marilyn decided to honor her mother's hard work and vision and thus the name was created. Marilyn, an attorney, and Todd, an optometrist, are the parents of three grown children, Josh, Jared, and Hayley. All of the children are involved in the winery or vineyards. Todd continues to practice optometry and Marilyn works as a part-time Administrative Law Judge devoting the majority of her time to the winery and vineyards. The first Zinfandel vines were planted in l994. Plantings of zin, syrah, barbera, viognier, primitivo and nebbiolo have continued with sixty-seven acres planted of the hundred and five total. Read less

Member Reviews for Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Rapel Valley Sideral

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Snooth User: Jake Pippin
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 08/01/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: imack50
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 06/05/2009

A big bowl of fruit. Excellent wine but it does need 2 hours to come out of it's shell


Snooth User: basilwino
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 10/17/2010

Very nicely done. Nice aromas, mouthfeel and finish.


Snooth User: rhone65
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 02/16/2008

Big and chewy just the way we like them. Great flavors out of this wine. Do not serve to the Merlot fans in your group and save it for yourself.


Snooth User: jlpeschiera
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/05/2009

Tasted this virtually blind, knowing nothing about it and loved it. It's a very well crafted wine with both weight and delicacy. Ready to drink.


Snooth User: steelwaste
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/21/2009

This is an excellent representation of the level of wines coning from Chile. Once this wine opens up tobacco and cherry dominate. It will benefit from some decanting.


Snooth User: cws3
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 06/07/2009

very nice Chilean


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External Reviews for Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Rapel Valley Sideral

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Toasty sage and herb notes lead the way. This features a core of currant and black cherry fruit backed by a lightly firm edge on the finish. Not generous, but focused. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenandegrave;re, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2007 Sideral is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Purple-colored, the nose is reticent but displays notes of cedar, pepper, sage, cinnamon, blackcurrants, and blueberry. On the palate, it has a Bordeaux-like elegance, vibrant, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish. Drink it over the next 6andndash;8 years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/20/2012

Glass-staining ruby. Sexy aromas of cherry-vanilla, potpourri and Cuban tobacco, with smoke and licorice accents in the background. Fleshy, sweet and expansive, showing intense red and dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up spiciness with air. Supple tannins add shape and grip to the finish, which leaves a sweet cherry note behind. This suave wine drinks very well now, especially with some decanter time; it should age nicely over the coming decade.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 04/10/2011

Sattes Purpur, zum Rand hin aufhellend. Vielfältiges Bouquet von Brombeeren und etwas Cassis, mineralische Noten, feine Würze. Enorm kraftvolle und von einer besonderen Eleganz geprägter Gaumen, schwarze Frucht, auch etwas Tabak und Lakritze, gut strukturiert, von einer verführerischen Fruchtsüsse erfüllter langer Abgang.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 02/24/2010

Altair 'Sideral' 2003: in Barriques gereift (12 Monate)Jahrgang: 2003Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Weingut: AltairRebsorte: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon10% Merlot4% Syrah2% SangioveseRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 3,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein



<p> <p>From Chile's Rapel valley this full bodied red is made from a blend consisting 84% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Syrah and 2% Sangiovese.&nbsp;This is a dark, dense, almost impenetrable wine by color.</p> </p>


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