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Cabernet/Carmenere, 2013. Kunza Gran Reserve

Cabernet/Carmenere, 2013. Kunza Gran Reserve

Item #: L0717R1IC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Cabernet/Carmenere
Vineyard/Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Color: Very Dark
Nose: Deep Cherry
Palate: Profound Cherry, Cocoa
Finish: Big, Bold
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2018/Red Meat and Game/Alcohol: 13.9%

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The first vines came to Chile by way of the Spanish priest Francisco de Carabantes in 1548. A few years later, Francisco de Aguirre planted the first vineyards and produced the first harvest in 1551.

Kunza has been one of the leading wineries in Chile, crafting benchmark wines in the process. Winemaker Claudio Gon?alves graduated as an agriculture engineer with a specialty in winemaking from Chile's Pontificia Universidad Catolica. He spent the beginning of his career making wine in Chile, Spain and New Zealand. His international experience has been important in contributing to the different styles of wine in Chile. It also accounts for Goncalves' embracing of new technology while still adhering to tradition, which continues to make Chile one of the world's most exciting winemaking areas.

Our blend may not be familiar to you, but it is a staple in Chile. You've probably never heard of Carmenere. But you have heard of the grape that it is often confused with, Merlot. Carmenere is an ancient grape grown in Bordeaux and was thought to be Merlot as recently as 1991. It was then discovered that it was close, but not technically the same grape - however the flavor profiles are similar.

This Gran Reserva is quite grand indeed. From the deep purple color to the imposing nose of chocolate and black cherry to the amazing finish, it just keeps on delivering. The best part is that if this wine came from California, it would cost twice as much.

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