Marchigüe Carménère‎ 2012

When I grabbed this off the shelves, I’d only had one other single varietal wine made with Carménère grapes.  That was the Anakena Carménère‎ that I’d had while on travel over a year ago.  Clearly, then, it was high time to take the plunge once again.

Winemaker:  Marchigüe
Wine:  Carménère Reserva, Santa Ana Vineyard
Varietal:  Carménère
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile DO
Price:  $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  In the glass this Chilean was a deep, dark red.  In the bouquet I detected scents of menthol, tea leaf, rubber, and cherry.  It was medium-bodied with good acidity and alcohol at 13.5%.  I thought the tannins were medium and fairly aggressive in their onset/grip.  Flavors I found included rubber, black cherry, pepper, menthol and ash with a dose of bitters.  All in all, I thought it was an OK wine but not at all balanced.  If you choose to grab a bottle, I would serve it with a beef or perhaps lamb dish that would stand up to the rubber, menthol and bitters in this wine’s flavor profile.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s