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March 14, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for March 14/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:39 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Unduragga T. H. Puemo Carmenere (Cachapoal Valley, Chile) – $25.99, regularly $31.99.

Peumo is a Chilean city and commune in Cachapoal Province – a couple hours drive SW of Santiago, and its location is considered a prime region for growing Carmenere. Carmenere of course is one of the main grapes of Chile that almost became extinct as most people thought it was Merlot. Brought over by settlers from Bordeaux (where it is now getting pretty rare although some are starting to replanting it). It has similar characteristics to Merlot but with a spicier and peppery edge.

Undurraga was established in 1885 and their Terroir Hunter (T.H.) range of low-intervention wines is emblematic of the producer’s desire to show off the wonderful terroir which Chile has to offer.

With dark hue and a full-bodied palate that showcases the pencil shavings and mineral edge (similar to a Pessac Graves red Bordeaux) that is especially beguiling. The fact that it is made from ungrafted vines on deep red clay soil over a granite subsoil, aged in french oak barrels for 12 months only adds even more complexity. No under-ripe bell pepper here, it is a beautifully made red for everyone to try. Only 5,430 cases made

Undurraga T.H. Carmenere (Cachapoal Valley, Chile) – $25.99 (regularly $31.99)

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