Casas Del Bosque Carmenere Reserva
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PRODUCER: For many years, Juan Cúneo Solari, the son of an Italian immigrant, dreamed of having his own vineyards in order to produce exceptional wines. In 1993, he finally founded his winery in the Casablanca Valley and named it Casas del Bosque. He was one of the first to plant in the area. Since then, the valley has seen a boom in popularity, and Casas del Bosque remains one of the few family-owned wineries.
WINEMAKING: After being hand harvested the grapes were then crushed and destemmed to stainless steel tanks. The must was then warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 14 days with temperatures peaking at 33ºC/91ºF. Following the completion of fermentation, the must was subjected to an additional 5 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 19 days total skin contact). The wine was then pressed off skins and put to French oak barrels for 10 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the spring when it was first sulphured (following the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again shortly before bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Intensely violet in colour, on the nose this wine exhibits notes of cedar, bacon fat, and graphite with just a hint of fresh lavender. In the mouth an initial attack of black cherry, sweet tobacco and cinnamon gives way to a touch of earthiness and bell pepper. Ripe tannins and fresh acidity give good balance and length.