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Master Vintner™ Winemaker's Reserve™ Carménère

$77.99

SKU# 42018

Carménère - car-men-yair

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The original Bordeaux grape, popular long before Merlot or Cabernet, Carménère combines characteristics of both, with rich, fleshy notes of black cherry and dark fruits of Merlot and the cedar/black currant and the expressive tannins of Cabernet. Look for a deep scarlet wine with black cherry and berry running to chocolate, spice, smoky notes and hints of violets and roses.
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Master Vintner™ Winemaker's Reserve™ Carménère

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The original Bordeaux grape, popular long before Merlot or Cabernet, Carménère combines characteristics of both, with rich, fleshy notes of black cherry and dark fruits of Merlot and the cedar/black currant and the expressive tannins of Cabernet. Look for a deep scarlet wine with black cherry and berry running to chocolate, spice, smoky notes and hints of violets and roses.

The juicy fruit makes it tempting to drink young, but ageing will bring out more structure and elegance. Serve with grilled flank or skirt steak, roast lamb, grilled Portobello mushrooms, or for an amazing flavor sensation, with 70% dark cacao chocolate!

Yield: 6 Gallons
Additional Information
Support Documents: Click Here for Master Vintner® Winemaker's Reserve™ Instructions
Wine Style Red
Includes grape skin pack? No
Geographical Style/Origin No
Primary Grape Carménère
Wine Kit Yield 6 Gallons
Labels Included No
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This batch needs more than the kit can provide
So, a few things - first, this has all the chance to be a good wine, but the kit should really include different instructions on maturing it on the oak chips. I followed the directions, but got very little flavor. I ended up putting in an oak spiral that I had in there for more depth. In fact, it's still in a carboy and I haven't even bottled it yet (going on 4 months). I just keep tasting until it starts to resemble something a little more to my liking. But...good thing with kits is you have the freedom to do that.
Also, the instructions have you add the chips into a clean carboy and rack into it - whoa nelly! Since we hadn't degassed, there was what you might call 'a wine explosion' - there was not enough head-space in the world to deal with that foam. In the future, I'd have just sprinkled them into the bucket and waiting to rack to a carboy until I could de-gas (lesson learned -but fixing the instructions or a fore-warning would be nice).
There were no skins in this batch - so I also added my own chestnut tannin to help with need tannin. Adding either skins or tannin powder would be nice for future kits.
March 3, 2017
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8 months ago
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