Varietal:Â Â Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon
Region:Â Â Chile
Cost:Â Â $21
Numerous aromas accompany this wine, with berry spice and earthy notes leading the way, but moving into blackberry and coffee after the wine has been allowed to breath for a while. Â Flavors of blackberry and a smoke compliment the fruits, only to be finished with a tannins that border on a peppery finish. Â Will pair well with everything from veal to duck and on to hearty red sauces.
Recommendations: Â Â I really liked this wine. Â I mean I REALLY liked this wine. Â South America has been producing some amazing wines, and this one is no exception. Â It flirts on the line between medium-bodied and full-bodied, but never crosses over into either. Â The tannins on the finish gave it an almost peppery finish that almost reminded me of Cabernet Franc, but also a good Bordeaux. Â The longer I let the bottle sit, the better the wine got, and I would recommend that anybody that tries this at least let the bottle sit for 10 to 15 minutes, though decanting would probably be the best. Â This wine will compliment any upscale dinner party you’re hosting, but the price won’t make you cringe every time you pour some out. Â A great blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere have created an excellent wine. Â This is a must buy.
Special thanks to the International Wine of the Month Club for supplying the wine.