Carmenere, 2018. Cordon De Fuego

Carmenere, 2018. Cordon De Fuego

Item #: V0321R1IC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Carmenere
Vineyard/Appellation: Cental Valley, Chile
Color: Deep Crimson
Nose: Violets, Blueberry
Palate: Lilting Plum, Anise
Finish: Medium Grip
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Red Meat, Fowl, Vegetarian/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Cordon de Fuego comes to us from Cuatro Almas winery in the Central Valley of Chile's Maipo appellation. It means four souls and refers to the four members of the de Fuego family, whose ancestors founded the winery 100 years ago.

The first vineyard planted here was in 1554 by Diego Garcia de Caceres. It was made completely from native grapes, none of which are still grown. This is about the same time that the missionaries came to the New World and used the grapes growing in the wild to make wine.

In 1851, there was a spectacular transformation of the Chilean winemaking industry. Don Silvestre Ochagav?a Errazuriz personally brought over cuttings from France. They were of the noblest French winemaking varieties to plant on his land in Talagante. From that time on, the French varietals have become the base of Chilean wine production. One of those grapes was Carmenere, which has become a staple in Chile. It was once thought to be Merlot because of the same blueberry and cocoa components, but now it stands on its own as one of Chile's best wines.

This selection has a deep crimson color which coincides well with it being a Carmenere, as this French word refers to the brilliant crimson of autumn foliage before defoliation. On the nose, aromas of violets and blueberry permeates, while the wine finishes with a medium grip. It would match with casserole meats and herb sauces, as well as vegetarian dishes.

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