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….
I have previously drunk two or three bottles of this stuff without taking notes. I figure it’s time as this is the last bottle I have. It has a medium purple complexion and is mostly see-through. On the nose I get black berries, Ribena and tar. On the palate it is very straightforward Cabernet. Dark fruits, good tannic backbone and some juicy acidity. There is a plum tart component that hits me on the mid palate which is quite nice. The tannins really grip on the back end and give me that dry gum sensation. A decent drop for quaffing that is rather limited in dimension yet is approachable and drinkable right away with some cellaring potential. Pair with burgers, steaks and pasta. Not bad for $15. 88 points makes it a solid 3 star wine. Salut….