The breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the protection of the Andes mountains, perfectly balanced soils and crystalline rivers flowing down from the mountains make ideal climatic conditions for growing the most noble varieties, and act as natural barriers that protect the vineyards.
Grassy, green aromas are a big part of the nose, which also includes black fruits. This Carmen?re feels grabby and tannic, and thus tight. Grass, alfalfa and black plum flavors finish with a wave of spicy oak. If you know the variety in its Chilean form, this should be familiar.?MICHAEL SCHACHNER