Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ventisquero Grey Carmenere, Chile

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of dining and winetasting with one of Chile's wonderful winemakers, Felipe Tosso along with his North and South American Sales Director Juan Ignacio Zuniga at Capital Grille in NYC. Felipe is the Head Winemaker at Ventisquero Vineyards.

Grey is the name of a glacier in Chile and Ventiquero means Glacier in Chilean Spanish.

This 100% Carmenere that was my clear favorite for the night. From grapes in Trinidad Vineyard in Maipo Valley, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 18 months in ultra-fine grain French oak barrels of which 33% was first use... then aged another 8 months in bottle before release. 

Deep purple colors with floral aromas, cassis, black pepper and blueberries, while the palate tastes of dark chocolate and cigar box, also exudes ripe tannins, very good balance and an excellent soft, long finish.

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