April 22, 2012

Tasting: 2010 Perez Cruz Carmenere

I've been given the opportunity to try a good bit of Chilean wine in the past few years. Most of it has been decent; some has been truly bad, none of it has been too inspiring. I do feel, though, that Chilean winemakers can do very well with Carmenere; of the Chilean wines I've tried. it's the Carmenere that are closest to being winners. Carmenere is an interesting grape; it's often blended with Cabernet, but on its own, it can produce an iinteresting and bold wine.
I was recently given the opportunity to try the 2010 Limited Edition Carmenere from Perez Cruz, a winery located in in the Maipo Valley region of Chile. Pierre Cruz has a good track record of producing good value wines that are well-received by regular drinkers and (respected?) wine critics alike. I found this 2010 to be so over-oaked that it was hard to really tell what was going on with the wine. If you like new oak in wine (read: the taste of sweet oak and buttered toast) this might be for you. To me, the oak here is just a bit too much, leaving the wine tasting almost superficial

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