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2012 Koyle Carmenere "Grand Reserva"

Winery: Koyle

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Grand Reserva"

Wine Category: Carmenere

Grape blend: 87% Carmenere, 8% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, & 2% Petit Verdot

Region: Colchagua Valley

State or country: Chile

Price: $17

Cases produced: 6,000

KWG Score: 88 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: October 5, 2014

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark purple colored Carmenere from Koyle opens with a mild dark berry and faint cranberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a pleasant and tasty gentle blackberry with hints of gentle black olive, craisins, faint oak and a touch of minerality. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This Carmenere is very food friendly and I would pair it with a bistro burger smothered with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2012 vintage Koyle Carmenere has a bright purple color, with tea leaves, native tree aromas, tobacco and spicy notes. Round tannins emerge from the Cabernet touch, with explosive notes of minerality coming from the granite soil from Los Lingues vineyard. Elegant and fresh, the finish is in keeping with its origins. It can be cellared for five years.

Organic status: not organic

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