Ramblings About Wine & Food From the Heart of Decatur, GA
November 6, 2009
Wines of Chile-Some Awesome Values in Carmenere
I was fortunate to be invited by the good folks at Wines of Chile to participate in a tasting of some very fine Carmenere-based wines from Chile. The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, it is a member of the Cabernet family and is widely grown in Chile.
2007 Cono Sur Vision 2008 Vina La Rosa Barrel Reserve 2007 Ventisquero Grey 2007 Terra Andina- Altos 2004 Carmen Winemaker's Reserve
All of the wines showed very well Wednesday night, there is not a wine I would not buy to drink again. The 2007 Santa Carolina showed a lot of oak early, but at $10, it's a fine bottle of wine. All of the wines offer pretty outstanding values, with most available for under $15.
Notes on some of my favorite bottles appear below:
2007 Odfjell Armador-Terrific coriander and tarry nose. Spice box-Red fruit wrapped in herbal notes. Silky tannins. Great with the steak.
2007 Venisquero Grey-Dark, dark wine. Some herbal notes on the nose. Sophisticated. Old world. Bright red fruit and pepper. Integrated.
2007 Terra Andina Altos--Wow. Kicking bottle of wine for $18. Sweet spice, cedar. Cocoa and coffee notes. Clean profile. Very nice.
2004 Carmen Winemaker's Reserve-Very sophisticated wine. Reminded me of a young Bordeaux. Cedar and red fruit, with spice box and robacco notes. Still wrapped pretty tightly, this has a few years left in the tank. Very nice wine.