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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2009 Concha y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha Peumo 14% $20

Lots of sweet fruit and spicy oak greets the nose along with notes of candied herbs, dried tomato and black currant fruit. Supple yet bright, this shows a lovely, lively character in the mouth with a blend of red and black berry fruit wrapped around subtle herb and clear baking spice flavors. There's a hint of creaminess to the texture, and a touch of sweetness from oak, but this remains refined with good power and lovely balance. The finish is moderately long with a nice blue plum and spice note. Very complete wine. 90pts
 

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Carmenere Tasted April 2013

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De Martino Single Vineyard Carmenere Alto de Piedras Case of 6 Bottles (2010)
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Concha Frontera Carmenere Chile Valle Central Rapel Colchagua Valley Red (2009)
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Apaltagua Carmenere Grial Reserve Apaltagua (2008)
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Viña El Aromo Carménère Talca Private Reserve (2009)
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Montes Carménère Colchagua Valley Alpha (2009)
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Santa Ema Camernere Reserve Barrel Select (2009)
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Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Red 97js Premier (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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