In addition, it was selected as “Wine of the Week” in late August by the same publication.
Wine Spectator, the most influential US magazine, chose Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2012 from Carmen as one of its Smart Buy on the shopping list made for each issue, with 91 points.
A rigorous selection, to be included in the list of “recommended” means that Wine Spectator editors choose a wine for its special qualities, in this case, top wines of character and style, at affordable prices and wide distribution.
A rich and well-spiced red, with luscious flavors of tar, licorice and dark plum, supported by ample acidity and firm tannins. Offers a lip-smacking finish of dark chocolate and pepper. Drink now through 2019. 20,000 cases made.—Kim Marcus
The 2012 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere 3% and 3% Petite Verdot. The grapes come from old vineyards planted in the alluvial terraces of the Alto Maipo, extremely concentrated, and were handpicked. Sebastian Labbe, chief winemaker at Viña Carmen says that this wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. “It has an intense and deep ruby red color. The nose has aromas of currants, blackberries, sweet licorice and cedar notes that become soft and elegant. The palate is generous and rich yet fresh and vibrant again. The wine has plenty of fruit and firm tannins that give structure and depth”.