(oops) wines are designed with interesting combinations of complementary varietals, anchored by Carmenère, the heritage grape of Chile known as the “Lost Grape of Bordeaux.” An intriguing mix of two red favorite varietals, this blend has a beautiful violet red color. Intensely aromatic with a nose of blackberry and plum fruit with a touch of menthol and dry leaf. The Carmenère contributes more mature aromas and sweetness while the Merlot delivers a delicate, soft touch. Medium-bodied on the palate, with loads of red and black fruit, a velvety texture and a juicy, long ending.
In the Vineyard
The (oops) 2009 Carmenère Merlot was sourced from multiple vineyards in two distinctive regions of Chile’s Valle Central, Colchagua and Maipo. The Carmenère grapes all came from the Colchagua region. The Merlot grapes came predominantly from the Maipo valley because the vineyards are located in a cold zone of Maipo valley which gives to this variety a major fruity and rich expression.
The varietals used in the blend required a double harvest. Merlot was picked in April and late-ripening Carmenère in May. The grapes were brought directly to press from the field, typically the purview of a smaller, artisanal producer as picking and pressing in short order maintains superior quality. The lots were macerated and fermented separately in stainless steel, with 67% of the blend aged with French oak staves for five months. Carmenère contributes more mature aromas and sweetness while Merlot lends a delicate and soft touch.
This vintage has been blended for even more richness and texture. Fruit to the forefront and a light touch of oak makes for great food compatibility. Try with grilled, roasted, or braised meat dishes, especially lamb, medium bodied fish such as salmon or tuna steaks, stews, burgers, pastas, and soups.