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A-Moment-In-Wine-Show-429-Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas, Carmenere, Chile 2017

Today we are traveling to Chile, South America and tasting the 2017 Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere.  What is interesting about the Carmenere grape is that Carmenere was one of the original 6 grapes started in Bordeaux, France (the other 5 are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot).  During the 1860’s, the phylloxera louse arrived in France and the Carmenere grape is particularly susceptible to this scourge.  The grape was largely abandoned in France however, pre-phylloxera, some enterprising Chilean’s had taken cuttings from France thinking it was Cabernet.  Chile is now the biggest producer of Carmenere wine.

In the glass, the color is a deep, dark purple color, you cannot see through the glass.  On the nose, lots of dried herbs, cedar spice and a little bitter chocolate.

In the mouth, the taste has a nice minerality with low tannins.  Lush dark fruit taste of raspberries and plums with a velvety finish.  This wine can be enjoyed now.  Pair this with a roasted pork tenderloin

About Fred Tregaskis & Summit Wine Cellars

Fred Tregaskis first developed a passion for wine during his art school years, when he worked in the New York’s Hudson Valley vineyards. Years later, after working for a national wine magazine, he was given the opportunity to design and build a 28,000-bottle cellar for Lespinasse Restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel in New York—and in the process Summit Wine Cellars took root.

Tregaskis and Summit Wine Cellars have created dramatic custom wine cellars for clients throughout the world, from Maine to California, and Bangalore to Buenos Aries.

Tregaskis also writes about wine, conducts tastings and hosts a radio show on wine for NPR station WHDD/Robin Hood Radio based in Sharon Conn.

To learn more about Summit Wine Cellars, LLC and the wine cellar design process, contact Summit Wine Cellars by email at info@summit-cellars.com, or by phone at 203-916-1664. Make sure to see the Portfolio page for examples of Summit’s traditional and modern wine cellar design.