Tres Mariposas Carmenere

2016 Ultimate Wine Challenge
Tres Mariposas Carmenere 2014 Valle Central (Chile), 13.5% abv.
87 Very Good, Strong Recommendation
Tasting Notes: Black peppercorn, spicy bell pepper, cassis, and caraway dance on the nose. Full and spicy with more pepper, tomato leaf, baked cherries, and sandalwood on the palate, it finishes with a splash of cherries and bitter herbs.

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Tres Mariposas Carmenere

Valle Central, Chile

The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used to produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot.

A member of the Cabernet family of grapes, the name “Carménère” originates from the French word for crimson (carmin) which refers to the brilliant crimson colour of the autumn foliage prior to leaf-fall. The grape is also known as Grande Vidure, a historic Bordeaux synonym, although current European Union regulations prohibit Chilean imports under this name into the European Union. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Carménère is considered part of the original six red grapes of Bordeaux, France.

Now rarely found in France, the world’s largest area planted with this variety is in Chile in South America, with more than 8,800 hectares (2009) cultivated in the Central Valley.[6] As such, Chile produces the vast majority of Carménère wines available today and as the Chilean wine industry grows, more experimentation is being carried out on Carménère’s potential as a blending grape, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Carménère is also grown in Italy’s Eastern Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions and in smaller quantities in California, USA and Walla Walla region of Washington United States.

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