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Carmenere

Chile, Rose of Syrah, Concha y Toro, Casillero del Diablo, Reserva, Valle Central, 2015

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Rose of syrah, cinsault, and carmenere. N/ Light wafts of strawberries, raspberries, dried hay, wild herbs, and wet cement. T/ Light mouthfeel. Appropriately refreshing. Strawberry and red berry flavors with some nicely balanced acidity. Fun, just as it should be. 13% alcohol www.casillerodeldiablo.com Price = $11 N = B+ T = B I = B+ […]

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Chile, Carménère, Ventisquero, Grey, Glacier, Maipo Valley, Trinidad Vineyard, 2013

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If you have had a few bottles of under $20 carménère in the past and have been put off by either the smoky and/or reduced aromas, you are in luck. This wine has none of those traits and is absolutely delicious, balanced, and elegant. N/ Dusty black fruits, wild herbs, multiple wood aromas, slate, and […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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Red blend of: 90% carmenere and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Color/ Simply amazing. Almost black. Squid ink pomegranate juice and black soil came together as one deep, dark, brooding color. N/ Wonderfully void of some of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately associated with some low priced Chilean wines – especially upon first opening. Deep notes of ripe […]

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Chile, Red Blend (“Winemakers”), Reserva, Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Rapel Valley, 2011

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Red blend of: 60% syrah, 25% carmenere, and 15% cabernet sauvignon. N/ Lightly cedar-smoked black cherries. A pronounced mineral and wet steel blast of aroma. Soft caramel and chocolate flavors. Hint of tomato leaf slightly detracts from a fairly warm and inviting nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of red berries and boysenberry jam. Soft […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carménère and Petit Verdot), Calcu, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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Whoa. This is like no other Chilean cabernet I’ve ever had. Her colors, big acid, and thin mouthfeel would not suggest cabernet sauvignon to me – if this was a bling tasting. Red blend of: 85% cabernet sauvignon, 10% carménère, and 5% petit verdot. N/ Eucalyptus delights. Fresh raspberries quech. Fresh leather intrigues. Flint and […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carmenere), Canepa, Novisimo, Valle Central, 2011

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85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere. Rated 1 hours post decant. 13.5% alcohol. Decant and do not drink for a minimum of 30 minutes. Some sharp aromas need time to dissipate. N/ Too much Chilean smoke here once again. Underneath the onslaught are some nice, angular, wafts of black cherry and cassis. Acidic rock dust. […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah with Carmenere), Perez Cruz, Limited Edition, Maipo Valley, 2010

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Red Blend of: 93% Syrah and 7% Carmenere. Note: tasted 2-5 hours post decant. C/ Lovely black/purple tarn with a glowing brick red rim. N/ Huge black fruits stewed with old flint. Cassis and blackcherry reduction sauce. Crushed riverock. Deep, aged tobacco notes. Stewed cedar, with hints of pine. Clean, angular game notes and wet […]

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Chile, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc, William Fevre, Gran Cuvée, Gran Reserva, Pirque, Maipo Valley, 2007

Red Blend of 85% Carmenère and 15% Cabernet Franc. Note: 2 out of 3 bottles I recently had of Fevre’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon suffered from humid, crappy, corks that rendered the wines oxidized – so while I could tell there was decent wine underneath the rust, I did not have high hopes for this Carmenère. […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Concha y Toro, Marques de Casa Concha, Rapel Valley, 2009

N/ Round, stewed fruits, black plums, black cherry. Acidic wafts of wood and burlap. A violet reduction / infusion, sprinkled with granite dust. Game notes. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acid looms large over concentrated rose petal juice, black fruits, and rare beef. Thick with minerality and dark soil flavors. While I was not eating one I can imagine […]

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Chile, Haras de Pirque, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere Red blend, Maipo Valley, 2007

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Carmenere, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Syrah. Note: for first two hours far too tight and one dimensional in both aroma and taste. Really needs a lot of time post decant to blossom. At about 3 to 4 hours after decanting… N/ Spicy cassis, massive minerality, smoked meat. […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2008

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N/ Slightly acidic, smoked, burlap and black cherries for first hour, giving way too less smoke and a more approachable nose two hours post-decant mark. Rust and blood. Granite dust. Stewed plums. T/ Full mouthfeel. Big, but coarsely grained, tannins. Plum and black cherry reduction sauce. High oak presence. Chalky finish. http://www.santarita.com/international/ Price = $19.99 Rating […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Santa Carolina, Reserva de Familia, Rapel Valley, 2009

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N/ Massive and rich.  Thick oaks. Ripe, smoked black fruits. Rich forest floor, strong flint, tobacco, and gunnysack. Unlike any Carmenere nose I have ever smelt. Much more akin to a rich Napa Valley Cabernet or a red blend. Fairly confusing, but quite lovely. In a blind tasting I would have never guessed Carmenere from this nose.  The oak […]

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Chile, Carménère, Emiliana, Natura, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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A red blend of 85% Carménère and 15% Syrah. N/ Smoked black cherries associated with many Carménères. Acidic granite dust, crisp leather and burlap. Crushed river rocks. A tad too hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Smooth and coating blackcherry and blackberry jam. River rock juice. Rust and soil. Sweet minerals on the close. Note: I can […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red blend of: 90% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. One hour post decant… N/ Sweet smoked BBQ! Creamy cassis and blackcherry. Soft river rock wafts and a nice minerality. Old leather. Warm cinnamon. Delightful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Thick, smooth black cherry and black fruits. Sweet wood work. Medium high acid for the varietal. Dry, slight tannic, mineral […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Carmen, Gran Reserva, Apalta Valley, 2009

N/ Started off with typical Carmenere blackcherry / slightly reduced / smokey wafts … but those dissipated and blackcherry, game, blood, and brooding red and purple fruit slowly emerged after extended airing and swirling. T / Full mouthfeel. Clean. Slightly puckering tannins. Massive smoked blackcherries and red berry jam. Burlap closer with acid still going […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Casa Silva, Los Lingues Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2008

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Note: best one to two hours+ after decant. N/ Burnt black cherries and burlap. Stewed violets. Pronounced minerality. Soft flint and granite. A nice touch of roses. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, coating black fruits and a rose petal reduction sauce. Medium-high acids. River rock juice. A few unfortunate green notes. http://www.casasilva.cl/ Price = $22 Rating = […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Emiliana, Coyam, Colchagua Valley, 2007

Red Blend of: 38% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Mourvedre Note: I was lucky enough to have an earlier vintage of the Coyam at the Concha y Toro tasting room in Chile during December 2008. While I liked this wine then, and I like it now, I […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Lurton, Hacienda Araucano, “Clos de Lolol”, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 31% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Franc 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Carmenere N/ Clean rust, cedar, hard oaks, granite, light leather and black cherry. T/ Medium mouthfeel, clean, austere raspberries, cranberry acid, a tad salty finish. Price = $23 Very Good+ 89 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Maquis Lien, Colchagua Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec N/ Tad hot. Dry earth. Cherry. Light game. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Elegant cherry. Ripe, dripping, blackberries. Nice acid pop. Slight pucker. Price = $19 Very Good 88 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Cabernet dominated), Montes, “Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere”, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere N/ Hardwood-driven cherries. Slight vinyl. Slight spice and cloves. Light flint. T/ Light to medium. Salty plums. Tad puckering. Cherry pie. Nice tobacco juice. Smoky, long finish. Price =$15 Brilliant 92 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the wine was a […]

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