Who: Viñedos Orgánico Emiliana
What: Novas Carménère/Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Where: Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Central Valley Region, Chile
Why: Nearly one-third of Chilean wine on the international market is produced by respected giant Concha y Toro — and this is one of them. The Viñedos Orgánico Emiliana division is devoted to organically grown grapes — and is the most prominent organic and biodynamic vineyards in the country. Its Novas is a seductive dark beauty blend of Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon, with ample blackcurrant, supple ripe blackberry, and herbal spiciness on the full palate. The tannins are firm and the finish is long and earthy.
How (much): $16.99 BCLDB
When: How about this weekend, in honour of Earth Day (Sunday)? Pair with local lamb or grilled steak with blue cheese butter.
Winespeak of the Week: Biodynamic farming is a step beyond organic, and focuses on the entire vineyard as a living organism. Winemakers’ fundamental considerations include lunar periods and cosmic cycles, along with the use of natural, mineral and homeopathic preparations in the vineyard. Before you snicker black magic, know that numerous high-profile and high-ranking wineries in Burgundy, Alsace, California and elsewhere are ardent biodynamic supporters.