Apaltagua 2018 Gran Reserva Envero 750ml

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Varietal: 90% Carmenere 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile

Style: Full bodied.

Nose/Taste: Blackberries, green pepper, spice.

Pairings: Chorizo, tacos

Winemaker's notes: Red-violet in color, brilliant and vivid, the Apaltagua Gran Reserva Envero shows ripe blackberries, tobacco, and spices. It possesses a remarkable combination of ripe fruit notes and oak mixed with vanilla. Its flavor is juicy, full, and concentrated, highlighting the softness in the mouth and the raspberry and plum tannins with a touch of tobacco. It has a long and lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim:

Wine & Spirits 92 points:
This wine’s green and red tones come together to parallel the contrasts in pastel de choclo, the traditional Chilean corn and beef pie. Here, it’s dark green tobacco and meaty bitter chocolate against red fruit brightness. It might sound strange, but it works, especially with chorizo, where the wine’s spice acts as an accelerant to the spice of the cured meat.