Wine Tasting of New Releases of Chilian Carmenere|
MAY 7TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Chilian Carmenere, for inclusion on our list. Chile with its enormously long coastline occupying a 2,610 mile tract of South America's western seaboard, and the spectacular mountain range of the Andes which runs as a boundary down the entire eastern edge of the country. These two monumental forces serve to cool the air. In the Andes case, they also provide a supply of irrigating water which drains down off the mountain and is channelled to the sea via an ancient system of canals built by the Incas. Chile has a terrific diversity of climate and geography. With the Atacama desert to the north and the desolate ice-fields of Patagonia to the south, the scope for winemaking is confined to a small central belt of the country with a more moderate climate.
Wine has been made in Chile for centuries. Indeed, there was a European heyday for its wines in the late 19th century as the phylloxera louse ravaged the vineyards of the Old World and consumers and merchants turned to Chile for a reliable supply of good wine. Chile's winemaking techniques also are undergoing a revolution. Ancient redwood aging vats are being chopped into kindling, replaced by smaller, top-quality French and American oak barrels. Computerized stainless steel fermenting tanks are providing the temperature control to preserve the intense, natural fruitiness of Chile's grapes. Carmenere is Chile's signature grape, this red varietal disappeared from European vineyards in the mid-19th century and reappeared among Chile's Merlot vines a hundred years later. The deepest, darkest, purplest of all red grapes needs a long growing season to reach its fullest potential. Rich in berry fruits and spice (think blackberries and black pepper), with smooth, well-rounded tannins. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Nativa, "Terra Reserva", Curico Valley 2009
Aresti, "Equilibrio", Curico Valley 2007
Casa Lapostolle, Rapel Valley 2008
Santa Rita, "Medalla Real Special Reserve", Colchagua Valley 2008
Montes Alpha, "Marchigue Vineyard", Colchagua Valley 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.
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