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Episode VI: Herbal savory reds


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Speaking of “hot” grapes, Carmenere should be on everyone’s short list of wines to try. Another blending grape from Bordeaux, Carmenere has made the rounds, always producing something promising, but seemingly never living up to its full potential –  until Chile.

Yes, it’s taken a long time but as one who has recently tasted a slew of Carmenere, let me tell you why these wines seem poised for great things. They taste and feel like the Bordeaux some of us remember from the 1980s. They are medium-bodied and relatively easy to drink and to pair with food, unlike many other New World wines that have been turned into vanilla-laced fruit pop.

And finally, they are complex, with a decidedly vegetal streak in almost all, but an integrated vegetal streak that accents the grape’s innate red berry flavor with notes of fresh and dried herbs and tobacco. Let’s hope producers don’t figure out how to “fix” it!  Want something bigger, and perhaps even more savory? There is always…

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  • Out of curiosity, where are you finding good examples of single varietal Petit Verdot?

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

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