Category Archives: Carmenere

2008 Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenere

Ruby with some purple. On the nose, youthful, with medium intensity, cherry, tobacco, bell pepper, coffee, with a bit of wet earth, and layered oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, dry, nicely balanced, bright dark berry fruit, inky bell pepper, with layered chocolate, and loaded with roasted espresso bean, with a solid finish. At a previous tasting I thought that this wine nailed the coffee component harder than anything I’d ever had before, at this tasting I liked how balanced with fruit it was.

2006 Montes Purple Angel Carmenere Colchagua Valley

Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ maybe even high intensity, black currant, black cherry, cedar, spice, loaded with bell pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium+ body, nice acidity, very interesting array of flavors that are harmonious and intriguing, on a…Continue Reading

2006 Terra Andina Carmenere Reserva

Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, blueberry, blackberry, loaded with spices, wet earth, bell pepper, fresh tobacco, some oak, and some earth, but overtly new world. On the palate, dry, medium tannins, medium+ body, medium acidity, solid wine with nice balance, classic Carmenere, with a lot of depth for not that…Continue Reading

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”.…Continue Reading