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 Santa Ema Carmenere Reserve Barrel Select Puemo Cachapoal Valley 14% $14

Intensely aromatic with oak and vanilla notes competing with assertive vegetal, herbal dried tomato aromas. There's some low wild berry and currant fruit here as well, but this is not fruit driven, though it is very complex. Soft and broad in the mouth, this has lovely red cherry and plum fruit framed by gentle herbal and spice notes in a decidedly silky texture. The oak adds a core of chocolate and spice, but it’s in balance with the fruit. Elegant and refined, the finish shows a bit more oak than I would like, ending on a rather spicy note, but this is drinking very well today. 88pts

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Carmenere Tasted April 2013

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