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Yorkville Cellars Carménère 2006

by Nannette Eaton on February 22, 2010

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”  — Albert Schweitzer

“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.”  — Okakura Kakuzo


If you’re accustomed to thick, chewy Chilean carménère’s, you’re in for a surprise.  The Yorkville Cellars Carménère, hailing from California’s Mendocino County, is nothing like the wine from the Southern Hemisphere.  You might try it for its novelty factor – a Californian carménère?  But you’ll find you’ll have a craving for this deliciousness.

It had a light viscosity and it was reminiscent of a pinot noir.  Yorkville Cellars finds it to be similar to a merlot.  The color was a translucent ruby.  The aromas are enticing.  You’ll want to curl up in the glass.  On the mid-palate you get tones of tart cherry with a medium finish.  This is a mind-blowingly good wine.

The details: 13.5% alcohol.  Cork closure.  Appellation: Mendocino.  The wine is certified organic by Certified California Organic Farmers. The retail price is $28 USD, available directly from the Yorkville Cellars tasting room or the website.  This was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

The music match is “Constant Craving” by k.d. lang from the album Ingénue. Once you have this carménère, you’ll be constantly craving more.