Osorio bottle

Osorio

Carménère, 2016

Juan Francisco Osorio was a star winemaking student at the University of Chile, so after graduation Bordeaux’s legendary Château Mouton Rothschild came calling and lured him to France. After a few years, the Rothschilds tapped him to help start and run their Chilean vineyard and winery. Today he’s in charge of 1,200 acres of vines for one of Chile’s top producers. Juan Francisco manages every plot meticulously to ensure his wines pair well with a wide range of foods.

Profile

Osorio Carménère is the perfect example of why this grape became popular over the past 25 years. It has the flavor and body of a Cabernet Sauvignon but the softer tannins of a Merlot.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Baking spices
Tobacco
Cherry
Plum

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

Valle Central, south of Santiago, is Chile’s largest and most famous wine region. It’s carved into smaller areas with unique soils and microclimates, each producing world-class wines. Classic Carménères such as this—fruity with a subtle herbal note—come from vineyards in the warmest parts of the region.

DID YOU KNOW?

Carménère is native to France but was believed to be extinct. For decades, Chilean growers thought their Carménère vines were Merlot. They figured it out in 1992.

  • VARIETY
    Carménère
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Valle Central, Chile
  • OAK
    French and American oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    13.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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