De Martino has arguably undergone one of the more radical transformations the wine world has seen in the past five years. The second largest owner of organic vineyards in Chile, with 740 acres in production, De Martino is stepping up to the plate in other ways as well: the winery is 100% carbon neutral and beginning in 2011 they have stopped purchasing new oak barrels. That year they purchased 140 tinajas, the traditional Chilean clay vessels that resemble amphoras, in varying shapes and sizes. They also invested in 5000l Austrian (Stockinger) foudres and continue to seek out Chilean foudres made from the indigenous oak known locally as "raulí." Though their Maipo Valley "classic" bottlings are made in more robust quantities and are not quite as individualistic as the higher end, they still represent good typicity and excellent value. On the nose, this carmenere shows dark cherries and a peppery quality. Savory dark fruits on the palate, with some underlying green and medicinal notes adding complexity. A solid carmenere.
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