This lesser known varietal is planted extensively in southern France. Although it doesn’t usually take a leading role, there’s star power in Meli’s Carignan with just 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blended in for depth and character. Aged in both used oak barrels and stainless steel, this wine is concentrated and unique, with an distinctive balance of earth and fruit. 2,000 cases produced.
Meli is the dream of celebrated winemaker Adriana Cerda and her son Eduardo. Adriana was a respected winemaker for 30 years when she decided it was time to make her own wine. In 2005, she and her three adult sons bought a property with 60-year-old Carignan and Riesling vines in the Maule Valley. Using dry farming, Meli produces two unique wines — both unusual for Chile. These varieties, Riesling and Carignan, are well-suited to the Maule Valle, where the growing season is long with cool nights and warm days.