2012 Reininger Carmenere "Seven Hills Vineyard"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Seven Hills Vineyard"
Wine Category: Carmenere
Grape blend: 100% Carmenere
Region: Walla Walla Valley
State or country: WA
Cases produced: 336
KWG Score: 91.4 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: December 31, 2015
Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Carmenere opens with blackberry bouquet with hints black cherry and vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is initially a mineral infused red raspberry with notes of old oak. I also detected hints of strawberry, espresso, black pepper and black olive. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and flavors are nicely prolonged. This Carmenere really opened up on day two. I would pair it with Chinese barbecue pork (Char Siu) Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This Carmenere has a beautiful dark purple-garnet color and offers an adventurous array of aromas beginning with a blend of dark fruits, fig, peppercorn and agave, coconut meat, cocoa and a wisp of dusty oak. It has an elegant silky texture with a very fine tannin structure supported by perfect acidity to create a wonderfully balanced wine that is contradicted by a rough-hewn element derived from the obvious white pepper/peppercorn making for a fun cognitive juxtaposition. There are interesting layers of ripe cranberry, blackcurrant, and wild blackberry, folded in with dark Baker’s 100% cacao, vanilla bean, valley loam and our Carmenere's hallmark pepper spice.
Organic status: not organic
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