2011 De Martino Alto de Piedras Carmenere Maipo Valley SKU #1291337


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Produced from Carmenere vines planted in 1992, this is original and expressive, top-flight Carmenere, aged in one 5,000-liter Stockinger foudre. Definitely the best Carmenere we have tasted to date. Aromas of dark cherry and lightly roasted coffee beans lead to a balanced palate, with the just right amount of brooding fruit balanced by Carmenere's signature savor and snap. 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 amphorae, in varying shapes and sizes. They also invested in 5,000-liter Austrian (Stockinger) foudres and continue to seek out Chilean foudres made from the indigenous oak known locally as "raulí."


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