Primarily Carignan this Chilean red also has 8% Syrah and a splash of Chardonnay- yes, you read that right. Whilst not very common, adding a white grape with red has been practiced for centuries, especially in the Northern Rhone Valley. This one is a medium shade of ruby with pretty thick legs. On the nose I get waves of red cherry, black cherry, sweet oak, floral notes, vanilla, baking spice, blackberry and some bramble. Quite complex I must say. The palate is dry with nicely integrated tannins that are present but not overpowering. Medium acidity, medium body and a decently long finish wrap up the rather pronounced flavors of red and sour cherries, violets, blackberry, vanilla and baking spice. I don’t get as much oak nuance on the palate as I got on the nose. The finish is quite tart and juicy with the tannins starting to grip a bit more. This reminds me of a youngish Sangiovese- lots of sour cherry, good acidity and back-end tartness. I like this wine and would serve it with pasta and steaks. It’s a decent wine for $23, like 91 points worthy which makes it a 5 star effort to drink till 2027. Salut….
Morande Adventure ‘Vigno’ 2017, Maule Valley, Chile
10 Thursday Feb 2022