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Terra Noble Carmenere

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IMG_4927Its red wine season and there is no better way to get started than with a glass of Terra Noble Carmenere! Prior to working at Lighthouse, I was unfamiliar with the carmenere grape. It originated in the Bordeaux region of France. Carménère is considered one of the original six red grapes of Bordeaux, France.  When the Phylloxera plague hit, it wiped out almost all of the vineyards in Europe.  Between Phylloxera and Oidium (a fungus that that causes powdery mildew on grapes) Carmenere was hit hard. This noble grape vanished from France. Luckily, it was brought to South America and it thrived in Chile. For years it was grown under the assumption that it was Merlot.  It was grown with Merlot and blended into wine that was sold as Merlot.  It wasn’t until 1994 that a researcher tested the grape and brought the attention to the Chilean Department of Agriculture.  Once a blending grape, Carmenere is now being made by itself.  This grape creates glasses full of cherry fruit and earthy tones with much softer tannins. Terra Noble is a perfect example of a Chilean Carmenere– fruit forward wine but still very complex and balanced. It shows a nose of berries, mineral earthiness, and spices. On the palate, there is such a rich texture! It shows dark berries, a little spice and currant, and cherry. This would be a great wine to pair with steak, pork loin, or any foods with spice.