The wine was already in barrel in the spring of 1994 when the news reached Alvaro Espinoza, winemaker at the time for Carmen Vineyards. The merlot he had made was in fact carmenère, a variety that had disappeared from its native Bordeaux around 1860, following the Phylloxera crisis. Because it…
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of February 2002.
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