Carmenere: The Other Red Meat Wine

With grills firing left and right it’s time to take a look at Carmenere, a great wine for grilled red meat!


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2010 Calcu Carmenere Colchagua Valley 13.5% $12

A bit tight on the nose with slow to emerge floral, oak and red fruit aromas that turn rather woodsy and savory. Rather well-balanced in the mouth, this shows integrated acids and soft tannins supporting simple herb, ash, cafe au lait and allspice-inflected wild berry fruit that has a slightly creamy texture. The finish shows a fair amount of wood tannin, but the underlying fruit is rich enough to run with it. Fruity and a bit simple with a rustic finish. 84pts

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Carmenere Tasted April 2013

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