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Carménère, Something for Everyone

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Spindly Chile boasts spectacular natural assets, from the otherworldly Atacama Desert in the north to the rugged, snow-capped peaks of Patagonia in the south. Another unique feature: the red wine grape Carménère. Unlike anywhere in the world, Chile’s soil and climate have a deep affinity for the variety. Originally hailing from Bordeaux, and long mistook as Merlot, Carménère nearly disappeared before finding its spiritual home in the mountains and valleys of the South American country. The grape produces a medium-to full-bodied wine with lovely flavors of cherries, raspberries, and blackberries, often laced with notes of green peppercorn. The wine ranges from affordable, fresh, and easygoing, to premium, oak-aged, complex examples worthy of additional time in bottle. With so much variety between producers, styles, and prices, Carménère offers something for everyone.

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