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.
Wine: Carménère Reserva, Santa Ana Vineyard
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.