I’m re-visiting this varietal as it intrigues me. Back in the day I had some great Carmenere’s but recently had the misfortune of trying one that was over-the-top vegetal. I really despised it and could not bring myself to drink any for quite a while. This one is quite opaque in the glass and purple in color. The nose has got some creosote, cooked black plum, iron, graphite, blackberry and cracked pepper. The palate is a touch thin but I get black fruit and earthy minerality along with the tar-like flavors I got on the nose. It is very smooth with low to medium tannins and medium acidity on the back end. The wine would be classified as light weight in body even though it sports 14.5% ABV. The finish is medium in length and I get more of that black pepper component along with some espresso notes. It’s a decent drop that gets 87 points from me. I would drink until 2024 with grilled meats and chimichurri sauce for sure. At under $10 it’s easy to stock up on this 3 star wine. Salut….
Cono Sur Reserva Especial Carmenere 2017, Cachapoal Valley, Chile
06 Thursday Jan 2022