Category Archives: Aconcagua Valley

2006 In Situ Carmenere


Interesting story on this grape, like Malbec, a grape originally from Bordeaux,
and allowed in the blend there but seldom used. Truth is this grape looks a lot like Merlot but more foxy in aroma. More than half of what they thought were Merlot vines in Chile were Carmenere. My rep kept saying “stinky Chile”. My tasting note read: Hot woman horseback, bell peppers, mint, plums, and vanilla. Exotic nose, aroma of medium+ intensity. On the palate dry, medium intensity, juicy fruit, oak starts to dominate, good structure and presence. More people should try this one just to form an opinion about it.