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Bodegas Carchelo

Carchelo Selecto 2012

Price: $20.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Carchelo
Vintage Year: 2012
Highest Rating: 93pts ( Wine Spectator)
Country: Spain
Region: Murcia
Appellation: D.O. Jumilla


Chalky and clay soils offer ideal footing for cairns blend of 40 percent Monastrell, 30 percent Tempranillo, 15 percent Syrah, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. 12 + 12 achieves a fresh and balanced style, from fruit grown in altitudes between 2000 and 3500 feet. Aged 12 months in French oak, 12 months in the bottle.

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Carchelo Selecto (2012) - "Solid tannins give a firm foundation to this focused red, supporting harmonious flavors of plum, licorice, graphite and tar. Juicy acidity keeps this lively. The finish offers an alluring mix of spice and floral notes. Graceful and expressive. Drink now through 2022."

93 Points, Highly Recommended
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, Mar 2, 2016

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Overview: Bodegas Carchelo dates from the early 1980s and pioneering efforts to modernize viticulture in what had been a backwater viticultural region. 250 acres of prime vineyards are widely distributed in the region, at widely varying altitudes and exposures. Varieties grown feature Monastrell (in France Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire-trained vineyards) plus Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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History: Bodegas Carchelo was founded in the early 1980s in one of the earliest efforts to bring Jumilla into the age of modern wine. In addition to the indigenous Monastrell (Mourvèdre) variety, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are grown to enhance structure. Achieving a fresh and balanced style, by the early 1990s Carchelo's rich young red had put Jumilla on the road to international respectability. Located at altitudes between 2000 and 3500 feet in the transition between Spain's coastal plain and inland La Mancha, Jumilla's aridity combines to result in fresh nighttime temperatures during the hot growing season. Chalky and clay soils offer ideal footing for the red varieties. At under eight inches of rain per year, grape health is seldom a problem. 700 acres of estate vineyards are planted to Monastrell (Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire trained vineyards), Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot, and are located in a wide variety of subregions, altitudes and exposures, reducing the risk of frequent hail damage in the area. Estate vineyards are located in five distinct Jumilla subregions with varying exposures and soil profiles, assuring a healthy diversity of fruit and vintage consistency.

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