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Chile has what Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson call in The World Atlas of Wine “a reliable Mediterranean climate, with day after day of uninterrupted sunlight in a dry, largely unpolluted atmosphere.” This together with other factors including its wide day to night temperature variation, the rarity of mildew and rot, and, perhaps, also the own-rootedness of its vines makes Chile a player on the world stage of fine wines.

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2010 Viña von Siebenthal Carmenère Gran Reserva Valle de Aconcuaga
Although it is north of most of the important winegrowing areas in Chile, the Aconcagua Valley has a long growing season. Its Mediterranean-like climate allows for warm summers cooled by Pacific Ocean breezes, with ripening two to three weeks later than any other Chilean wine region. This late ripening and low rainfall (less than 10 inches) allow for almost ideal conditons for production of finer, more concentrated wines. Sourced from Von Siebenthal's hillside parcel #15, Viña von Siebenthal Carmenère Gran Reserva is produced of some of the last grapes to be harvested in Chile (in late May) and from sustainably-farmed vineyards. The wine is fermented on native yeasts, aged for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dense ruby red in color; expressive nose of balsam, herbs, spice box, violets, blackcurrant and blueberry; full-bodied, ripe and concentrated. In our humble estimation, among the best of its type.
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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