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Black Hills Estate

Past Vintages

All past vintages are sold out. For tasting notes, please click on the bottles below.

2012 Carmenere

Bud Break:  April 25th, 2012
Veraison:  August 14, 2012
Oak Regime:  60% French Oak, 40% American Oak
Barrel Age:  1/3new barrel, 1/3one year old, 1/3two year old
Primary Coppers:  Keystone, Radoux, Alain Fouquet
Harvest Date:  October 23rd, 2012
Bottling Dates:  August 26th, 2013
Alcohol:  12.2%

PDF Tasting Notes

"The 2012 Carmenere shows aromas of raspberries, blueberries and white pepper backed by floral and cigar notes. The palate is velvety with soft ripe tannins showing notes of dark berries and cherries, framed by earthy nuances, spice and a hint of tobacco. Balanced, bright flavors and round mouth feel are followed by a lingering finish. Give it a try with steak, pork loin or pastas with meat-based sauce."

Graham Pierce, Winemaker

"A cool and humid spring started off the 2012 growing season which showed steady, concentrated growth in the vines. A lengthy dry spell followed which enabled us to perfectly control the vigor and crop load in the vineyards. July and August brought us excellent temperatures and dry days which then extended far into the harvest season. One of the best years we have seen for flavour profiles, balanced ripeness, and quality."

Steve Carberry, Winegrower