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 De Martino Carmenere Single Vineyard Alto de Piedras Isla de Maipo 13.5% $35

A bit tight but showing compelling complexity with floral, tobacco, and green peppercorn spice aromas framing the core of blue plum and black currant fruit. There's a noticeable dose of oak here, but it remains buffered by the fruit. Rich with fruit tannins, this really pops on entry with bright, pure boysenberry and plum fruit layered over toasty oak spice, dried herbs and an earthy base note. There's fine power here, but at the same time this remains focused and transparent with an almost lacy structural component supporting everything. The oak becomes more apparent on the back end, but melds seamlessly with the tart blue and red fruit on the earthy, long, mineral and dark chocolate-laced finish. This is lovely, really showing compelling clarity and cut while delivering excellent intensity and purity of fruit. 92pts
 

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Carmenere Tasted April 2013

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De Martino Carmenere Single Vineyard (2010)
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Marques de Casa Concha Peumo (2009)
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Apaltagua Carmenere Grial Reserve Apaltagua (2008)
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Viña El Aromo Sauvignon Blanc Talca Private Reserve (2009)
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Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserve (2009)
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Santa Ema Camernere Reserve Barrel Select (2009)
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Casa Lapostolle Merlot Rapel Valley (2010)
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Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere (2011)
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Calcu Carmenère (2010)
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Aromo Estate Bottled Maule Valley (2009)
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