Arboleda Carménère Colchagua Valley 2006
Carmenère, widely cultivated in Bordeaux in the early 18th century, was brought to Chile where it expressed great affinity to the country’s terroir. It adapted so well to the soils and sunny climate of Chile that it was often called “Chilean Merlot”. Merlot is actually a misnomer since it is a noble variety in its own right. Our Arboleda 1999 Carmenère captures this grape variety’s finest attributes with its intense color and deep, spicy fruit character. Its aroma is highly complex, with unique notes of spices, mocha and paprika intermingling with vibrant layers of plum and berry. On the palate the good initial acidity gives way to ripe and well structured tannins, culminating in a long finish. The wine was handcrafted at the state-of-the-art, gravity-flow Arboleda Winery, the first new winery that Robert Mondavi has built outside of California. The word Arboleda means “grove of trees” and, in developing the vineyard and winery, we have preserved as many trees and indigenous plants as possible to protect the natural ecosystem.
Dark purple in color, the nose is filled with cassis and eucalyptus that follow thru in the mouth bursting with plum & Jam there is a strong grip of wood and acidity offering firm structure and long finish. Well priced at $17.
I just tried this at a wine tasting tonight, and I must say - it was unexpected and very good. I liked its roundness, that it was fruit-forward and had a nice smoky finish. I'd like to try the other vintages, but this one was very solid for its price.
External Reviews for Arboleda Carménère Colchagua Valley
Grown in a sub-appellation of Rapel Valley, this wines greatness starts in the vineyard with meticulous vine management. All grapes are hand-picked and sorted. A best in class Carmenere from Chile.
ST: Deep ruby. Jammy raspberry and blackberry aromas, with exotic Asian spices and vanilla adding complexity. Fleshy and sweet, with palate-staining cherry-vanilla and dark berry preserve flavors. A lush fruit bomb that will provide great early-drinking pleasure.