Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
92 points Wine & Spirits: One of the first cool-climate reds from Chile., the newest version of Primus is packed with ripe red cherry flavors and notes of bell pepper and bacon. The flavors of blackberry juice and clove end on a plush, mouthwatering finish. Ready to pour now with a steak, it will also gain in complexity with time.
This wine definitely needs to get some air. Initial aroma I would describe as stinky. With air the stinkyness disappears replaced by ripe red fruit, especially cherries. Definitely taste of leather and tobacco. Great tannins, long finish. A bit of spice in there too. YUMMY ... but needs air, remember that. :-)
Fresh, hot, black fruit aromas with nice pepper and spice. Nice, round tannins and a eucalyptus finish. The palate is dark to start, but brightens up a bit in the mouth. A very interesting wine -- would go well with food, grilled meats or vegetables and maybe some black olives.
Had to rush through my tasting, but noticed a lot of spice and great fruit. The wine was really balanced and interesting. Would definitely buy a bottle (good value) to enjoy at a more leisurely pace.
Very fruity, rich and juicy. Finish is all christmas cake and spice, with a bit of licorice and menthol right at the end. A pretty yummy (as hondajohn says) tasty, rich opulent wine. You can smell and taste the sun baked fruit. Really nice.
To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln's mock blurb for a book he disliked: this is clearly the kind of wine that appeals to the kind of people who like this kind of wine. It does improve a bit on airing, but to me it is redolent of muskrat underarm odor. Still, at an informal blind wine tasting, two friends insisted they liked it; two had mixed responses, a fifth (whose judgment I generally trust) called it "vile." You may like it, but don't buy a case until you've tried it.
External Reviews for Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon
This red is based on Carmenère, a rare old Bordeaux grape that was widely planted in the 1700s and is currently undergoing a revival in Chile. Rich yet elegant, this full-bodied wine from Franciscan Estates' excellent new Chilean property is a top-notch find, and enough to convert anyone who hasn't yet discovered the glories of Chilean wine.