Wine Review: 2009 Chilensis Carmenere Reserva
2009 Chilensis Carmenere Reserva – Chile, Central Valley, Maule Valley, Valle del Maule (9/24/2012)
We are big fans of wines that offer different flavors than your usual red or white wine. The Carmenere grape is definitely one of those grapes of difference! On sight, this carmenere had a nice deep ruby hue and was clear. On the nose, intoxicating aroma’s of dark fruits, vanilla, tobacco, and green pepper abound! Medium to full bodied on the palate with some edgy tannins over the tongue. Flavors of ripe black cherry, plum, and black pepper tease the senses. The finish showed more cherry, vanilla spice, and was still fairly tight. The finish was a bit short but still had some good flavors and nicely structured. I would pair this wine with medium to sharp cheeses, bbq or spicy red meats, or a tomato based pasta.
This was a nice, leisurely wine for a monday evening. It is lighter in style, easy to drink, and only $11 a bottle! Some Carmenere’s are bigger, bolder, and richer but we still enjoyed it and we were glad we tried it. We give this 2009 Chilensis Carmenere Reserva 85 pts. It is nice to find a tasty, quality wine at a good low price. Our Wine Dox Daisy approves this wine and gives it 2 Paws out of 4. If you have a 2009 vintage, I would drink this before the end of 2013. There are 52 mondays in a year so I am sure we will try this Carmenere again! WineSplashing!! (85 points)