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A Couple of Chilean Carménères

This week we are feeling the Fall weather – and loving it!  Autumn is around the corner. You know what that means, right? It’s everyone’s favorite season…HARVEST season!  In celebration we toasted with some affordable and tasty Carménère wines from Chile. Cheers!

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Santa Carolina
Carménère
D. O. Valle del Rapel, Chile
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol: 14%
Average Price: $10-12

Winemaker’s Notes:  This Carménère features a deep purple red colour, intense red berry aromas with rich caramel and vanilla notes. The wine was aged for 8 months in small oak barrels providing round velvety tannins, spicy nuances and intense ripe fruit characters. Ideal for consumption with pasta, salads, soft cheeses, red and white meats.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: This wine was deep, intense, and complex…just how we like it. We smelled berries mixed in with coffee and caramel. At first sip, it’s a little overpowering, but if you decant it and let it breathe a good 30 minutes, you get a silky, smooth wine. We tasted blackberries and plum with a nice kick of spice and some smokey oak. Paired great with our steak dinner. Would go great with just about any meats and pasta. Great value for the price!

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Puerto Viejo
Carménère
Curico Valley, Chile
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol: 14%
Average Price: $10 or less!

Winemaker’s Notes:  Deep ruby red with purple reflections. Intense nose with blackberry and plum followed by hints of tobacco and caramel. On the palate this wine is round and generous with blended tannins and a sweet caramel finish.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: Another great value for an even better price! This was a very balanced, but complex wine at the same time. Raspberry aromas mixed with oak and earthy tones lead into flavors of cherries, plum and oak that were surprisingly smooth and velvety.  Paired great with the steak, as well…mashed potatoes too! Very versatile wine.  Love the bottle too! 😉

~Vino & Vintage

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