Carmenere, 2012. Kunza Reserve

Carmenere, 2012. Kunza Reserve

Item #: V0317R2IC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Carmenere
Vineyard/Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Color: Deep Crimson
Nose: Berry, Plum, Spice
Palate: Medium Weight, Cherry
Finish: Lovely Cherry, Soft Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 13.5%

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Kunza is one of the great powerhouse producers in Chile. They produce almost one million cases of wine per year from their estate vineyards. The name means "our" in an ancient Chilean dialect, andis their way of saying that they want to share "our" wines with you!

The vineyards of Chile are all 300 feet above sea level or even higher due to the country's close proximity to the equator. If they were to grow grapes at lower altitudes, the heat would shrivel the grapes.

As a result, Chile winemakers found higher altitudes with perfect weather, unobstructed sunlight, and no rain to ruin the harvest. The vineyards get their water from the runoff from the Andes. This blend of perfection means that they rarely have a difficult harvest.

Carmenere is a fascinating grape. It originally hails from Bordeaux, France where it was thought to be Merlot for centuries. Then ampelography came along, which is the study of grapevines, and said, "Hold on here. This is no Merlot." It was quickly banished from Bordeaux but has done quite well in Chile.

Kunza is one of the leading producers of the Carmenere. The grapes are hand harvested early in the morning, brought to the winery immediately, and are sorted to be crushed.

The results are a lovely, deeply colored wine offering blueberries, plum, and spice in the nose and palate. At the end, a lovely finish with soft tannins and cherry.