Viña Valdivieso originated as Champagne Valdivieso way back in 1879. It was the first producer in South America to make sparkling wine, and didn’t even begin producing still wine until 1980 when they expanded and formed Viña Valdivieso.
The grapes for this Carménère are from Central Valley, which means that they aren’t from one region, but a couple.
Dusty and herbal aromas dominate the nose of this wine. Sage, vanilla, mint, cedar, cocoa and black cherries all meld together to create and interesting and delightful nose. The palate seems a little thin, but not too bad. It’s a touch on the acidic side, making it harsh on its own but great with rich foods. Plum and dark cherry make up the fruit on the palate. There are also some chocolate overtones and some peppery spice. This is a decent Carmenere.
Wine: Valdivieso Reserva
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.