Carménère, 2016 - Casanel Vineyards + Winery


100% Estate grapes from Casanel Vineyards. Deep red color, velvety texture with notes of white & black peppers. Beautiful dark fruits and plum with floral violet undertones. Finish of dark chocolate.

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Our Carménère is made from 100% estate grapes from Casanel Vineyards. After hand-harvesting and sorting in our vineyard, the grapes were gently transported via small lugs to the winery where they were destemmed, sorted again on a vibrating sorting table before being sent into stainless steel tank by gravity. After 2 days of cold maceration, the alcoholic fermentation was started and occurred around 75 degrees F. Pump-overs were done every day during the fermentation and also during the short warm post-maceration, that lasted about 2 weeks. This wine was then pressed and sent to barrels where the malolactic fermentation occurred rapidly. After racking from malolactic fermentation, the wine returned to barrels to be aged for 18 months entirely in French oak Bordeaux barrels (33% new and 67% in neutral French oak). No fining of the wine occurred. After the appropriate aging time elapsed, the wine was simply racked, filtered, and hand-bottled on the Estate.

Deep red dark color – velvety texture – white & black pepper – spicy notes – glove – black fruit and plum – violet – youthful tannins – drinking temperature: 16-17 degree Celsius – best to open the bottle a few hours in advance
Goes well with meat as beef, poultry, pork, and also spicy food (Asian/Latin cuisine) – goes best with hard cheese

Vintage Year: 2016
Vineyard: Casanel Vineyard – 100% Estate Appellation: AVA Middleburg Composition: 100% Carménère
Clone: VCR 702 Rootstock: Riparia Gloire
Average Vine Age: 8 years
Harvest Date: 09/28/16
Bottling Date: 05/11/18
Fermentation: Whole-berry in stainless steel Yeast: FX10
ML: 100%
pH: 3.69
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Residual Sugar: < 0.03 g/l in glucose-fructose
Aging: 100% French oak Wood Origin: Allier, Tronçais, Côte d’Or, Vosges
New Oak: 50% (33% in new barrels & 22% in 1-year old barrels, 45% 3-year old barrels
Aging Time: 18 months
Cases produced: 101 cases
Cellaring: Enjoy it now to 2028 (medium-full body wine)
Highest Awards: Double Gold, 2019 Mid-Atlantic SE Wine Competition
88 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Platinum, 2018 & 2019 Savor VA Wine Classic
Best of Class, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


Katie DeSouza Henley & Tyler Henley