Almacruz was founded in 2004 in Chile's Colchagua Valley. The 400-acre vineyard was certified as sustainable in 2011.
Though certification is voluntary, Chile has one of the most comprehensive requirements for sustainability certification in the world. They require minute attention to sustainability in every phase of the operation from the vineyards to the winery and even the offices. They also have provisions for employee safety and security.
Our selection is a blend of Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Carmenere being the dominant grape. This is an interesting grape. It originated in Bordeaux, France, as did Cabernet Sauvignon, but was thought to be Merlot.
When they found out it really wasn't, it was banished from the vineyards, but like Malbec, found a very welcome home in South America.
It's easy to see why there was confusion. Carmenere tastes like Merlot. It offers the same blueberry and olallieberry flavors along with a few stolen from Cabernet like a slight earthiness, licorice and leather. Here is a softer version of the grape with lighter, more evolving flavors, which follow the promise of those in the aroma.
This is an offering that could go with many dishes - including those with cream sauces and the like - and feel right at home.
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