About This Wine
In Chile, it is known as Valle Central.
It is a vast stretch of land, spanning almost 250 miles from the Maipo Valley, just south of Santiago, to the southern end of the Maule Valley. It has been home to vineyards for generations, and over the past two decades, it has become the winegrowing capital of the country.
In terms of volume of wine produced, Valle Central is one of the largest growing regions in all of South America. And because of its size, it’s home to numerous microclimates that accommodate the growing of many different varieties — including what has become Chile’s signature red variety, Carmenere.
In decades past, Carmenere vines often were intermingled with Merlot plantings, and the farmers would simply create “field blends.” Today, a much more scientific approach is taken both in the vineyards and the Valle Central cellars, resulting in sublime, beautifully balanced wines like the 2011 El Guardian Merlot-Carmenere.
Carmenère has a depth of color and flavor that can range from herbal to gamy and add complexity and interest to blends.
- Grape Composition:Merlot and Carmenere
- Grape Source:Central Valley Growing Region of Chile
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Tobacco, Plum, Pepper and a Hint of Vanilla
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork loin, or pasta with a rich meat sauce.