By Chris Gill
The Carménerè grape used to grow in abundance in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, but it was nearly wiped out by a phylloxera infestation in 1867. The grape was long thought to be extinct, but apparently some cuttings made their way to Chile during the 1850s, where the grape was mistaken for Merlot until the mid 1990s, when a professor of oenology determined it was actually Carménerè.
Viu Manent’s 2007 El Incidente is made from Carménerè grown in Chile’s Valle de Colchagua, which enjoys a balmy Mediterranean-style climate and smog-free air. This vintage is the first edition of El Incidente, which is made from a blend of 85 percent Carménerè, 10 percent Petit Verdot, and 5 percent Malbec. The wine pours with a brilliant crimson red color, delivering rich blueberry and mocha flavors with a hint of cedarwood and spice. This is a bold wine that pairs well with hearty foods like lamb curry and Italian dishes with cream- or tomato-based sauces.
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