2006 Carmen Reserve Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon


Varietal:  Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon
Region:  Chile
Cost:  $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.  Flavors of blackberry and a smoke compliment the fruits, only to be finished with a tannins that border on a peppery finish.  Will pair well with everything from veal to duck and on to hearty red sauces.

Recommendations:   I really liked this wine.  I mean I REALLY liked this wine.  South America has been producing some amazing wines, and this one is no exception.  It flirts on the line between medium-bodied and full-bodied, but never crosses over into either.  The tannins on the finish gave it an almost peppery finish that almost reminded me of Cabernet Franc, but also a good Bordeaux.  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.  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.  A great blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere have created an excellent wine.  This is a must buy.

Special thanks to the International Wine of the Month Club for supplying the wine.

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