I’ve been waiting all summer to start drinking rich reds again. While I’ve cheated a bit here and there, this is a group of wines that doesn’t get a lot of play when it’s warm out. The combination of high temperatures mixed with high tannins and high alcohol makes for an unpleasant experience, but there is hope for us all!
Stick with something medium-bodied with moderate alcohol and softer tannins and you’ll be set to pair these wines up with the great steaks of late summer and autumn. Truth be told, I don’t grill that much red meat in the summer, it’s just too hot for my gut to have to process all that intensity. When fall rolls around, look out! The steaks are hitting the barbie and along with them I’m breaking out some Carmenere. The slightly herbal-toned fruit flavors love grilled beef and at their best these are quintessential medium-bodied wines.
Two to Try:
Oveja Negra is a great introduction to Carmenere for those looking for a more modern styled wine full of blue and black fruits.
For a more classic example of Carmenere replete with herbal and vegetal accents to black and red fruits, check out this Apaltagua.