Carmen is owned by the large SANTA RITA operation. Production here itself is not inconsiderable with vineyard holdings now spread across many of the major regions. As a result an extensive range is produced, both red and white. The regular whites and particularly the reds are well-crafted and full of vibrant, ripe and crunchy fruit. The best wines, though, are produced under the Reserva, Gran Reserva and Winemakers Reserve labels. Gran Reservas now include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the higher Maipo; Carmenère and Syrah from Apalta as well as Chardonnay from Casablanca and Sauvignon Blanc from Leyda. The Reserva label now includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The flagship red is the impressive Gold Reserve, which is produced from a small 45-year-old parcel of vines in Maipo. Top reds, particularly the Gold Reserve, will improve with cellaring. (DM)
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