October 14, 2010

The Black Sheep Carmenere: 2009 Oveja Negra Carmenere/Cab Franc

Had the opportunity to recently taste another Chilean Carmenere blend from the Maule Valley. Oveja Negra means “black sheep,” though, the Oveja Negra wines certainly does not deserve to be outcasts! Per my my last post, you'll see that Chile’s Maule Valley, is on Chile's Central Valley.
The wine carries a modest 14% alcohol. The wine features heady notes of black and red currants that waft from a glass. The blend is an interesting blend of 71% Cabernet Franc and 30% Carmenere. There is a bit of oak here, not quite as obtrusive as some, but it's here. There is also a wisp of of smoky blueberry, which leads to a slightly warm finish. The wine is obviously young, and I would certainly like to revisit it again in a couple years. The wine represents a decent value at $12. If I were a grader, I'd give it a B for what it is.

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