De Martino Carménère Reserva 347 Vineyards 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Hand-harvested in late April-early May, the grapes were carefully selected and sorted prior to undergoing a cold maceration for 7 days in stainless steel tanks at 8-10°C. The wine was fermented in stainless steel for 9 days at 26-28°C and macerated for 28 days with periodic pump-overs and aeration. Full malolatic fermentation occurred. Half the wine was aged in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th use for 6 months. Before bottling, the wine was blended with the unoaked juice, filtered, and refrigerated, then cellared for 3 months prior to release.

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Our winery was founded in 1934 by Pietro De Martino, who arrived in Chile in search of a place to satisfy his passion for winemaking. Looking for the perfect site, he found Isla de Maipo in the Maipo Valley, just 50 km (31 mi) from Santiago between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The village earned its name because it had been surrounded by a number of branches of the Maipo River un... Read more
Our winery was founded in 1934 by Pietro De Martino, who arrived in Chile in search of a place to satisfy his passion for winemaking. Looking for the perfect site, he found Isla de Maipo in the Maipo Valley, just 50 km (31 mi) from Santiago between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The village earned its name because it had been surrounded by a number of branches of the Maipo River until the early 20th century. A powerful earthquake and changes in climate have since dried up all but one large branch of the river. Our vineyards now stand on one of the former branches of the river, which lends the soil characteristics that are unique in the valley and particularly good for grape production. The property has grown tremendously since Don Pietro founded it so many years ago. It now has 300 organically managed hectares planted to vine and still maintains its sense of being a family winery. The third and fourth generations of the De Martino family now work in the winery every day. Today, more than 80 years after it began, the winery maintains its dynamism, family tradition, and the adventurous, pioneering spirit of the De Martino family. Read less

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Snooth User: Steve Peter
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4.50 5
12/17/2011

Appearance: Deep translucent ruby. Nose: Green pepper (dominant), banana ( yes, an odd combo, but it works), cedar, dark cocoa. Taste: Front is a medley of cherries: Bing, Montmorency, Maraschino, and Black, with a hint of green pepper. The center is chocolate-covered green pepper. The finish is chocolate-covered cherries on the lips and English tea on the back of the palate. This would be a killer with chili.



Tasting Notes:

This Carmenère has a deep red hue with violet reflections. On the nose, it expresses intense notes of red fruit, tobacco, and cassis, followed by subtle hints of vanilla lended from the oak aging. It is full-bodied and fresh, concentrated with a perfect balance of fruit, vanilla, and chocolate.

Hand-harvested in late April-early May, the grapes were carefully selected and sorted prior to undergoing a cold maceration for 7 days in stainless steel tanks at 8-10°C. The wine was fermented in stainless steel for 9 days at 26-28°C and macerated for 28 days with periodic pump-overs and aeration. Full malolatic fermentation occurred. Half the wine was aged in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th use for 6 months. Before bottling, the wine was blended with the unoaked juice, filtered, and refrigerated, then cellared for 3 months prior to release.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.9% pH: 3.55
Sugar: 2.99 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.06 grams per liter

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