2018 Am Organic Carmenere Reserva

2018

Am Organic Carmenere Reserva

90 POINTS

2018 Am Organic Carmenere Reserva

2018

Am Organic Carmenere Reserva

90 POINTS




  • Vineyard

    LOCATION :
    Maipo Valley, Chile

    St. Stephen Organic Vineyards lies within the same 50 miles' latitude range as the best vineyards of the southern hemisphere, including the Barossa Valley, Australia, Mendoza, Argentina, and Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    WATER SOURCE : Andean snow melt, deep well, drip irrigation

    SOIL : Dark, rich, volcanic soil. Flat terrain. Good drainage.

    CLIMATE : Warm, sunny days promote ideal growth, and cool nights slow the conversion of stored sugars.  

    ORGANIC CERTIFICATION : CERES Certification of Environmental Standards, GmbH

    HARVEST : Grapes are selected and harvested by hand in April, 2018.  Grapes sorted by quality into small bins in the field.

  • Tasting Note

    In Mapuche, the native language of pre-colonial Chile, the word Am means “beautiful spirit”. We thought this a good name for this wine.

    This varietal disappeared from Médoc after the outbreak of phylloxera in the mid-nineteenth century. It reappeared in Chile at the end of the 20th century.

    This wine has a beautiful intense, dark red violet color, pleasant aromas of fruit on the nose, ripe and fresh, medium intensity, pleasant mouth, medium soft body, pleasant tannins that give it complexity, firm, with good gray, spices such as black pepper, balanced on the pallet, with a good acidity ratio.

  • Production Technique

    WINEMAKER : José Antonio Bravo von Bischoffshausen

    PROCESS : Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in a stainless steel tank, for approximately 13 days, with a regimen of 2 pump-overs per day, no correction of acidity. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation.  The process finishes with a cleanup and addition of sulfites.

    AGING : 18 months in French oak barrels, 33% new oak

    BOTTLING DATE : November, 2019

    ANALYSIS :
    Alcohol Content 13.2% by Volume
    Residual Sugar 2.59 g/L
    pH 3.52
    Total SO2 0.044 g/L

    PACKAGING :
    Bottle 750 ml, Natural cork, Bar code 856317004190
    Case 12 Bottles, Bar code 10856317004197

  • Review

    Reviewer: Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis, Planet Grape LLC

    Review Dates: September 21-24, 2021, San Francisco, CA

    Day One: Bright, nearly opaque, ruby with a light garnet rim. Viscous. Immediately earthy with notes of moss, mulch, dried herbs, mint leaf. Fruits follow including plum, fig and cherry, then oak notes of cumin, cedar and vanilla. Medium bodied, lightly chewy and dry, with a long but finely grainy finish.

    Day Two: Fruit forward with inviting notes of cherry pie along with oak notes of maple, clove and cinnamon. More supple with 24 hours aeration, still finely chewy, and dry.

    Day Three: Here it is – raspberry, cherry, mulberry boysenberry, and, bay leaf, sage leaf, fennel seed and cumin. Really supple, fresh, balanced and dry.

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