Well someone finally managed to do a decent Carmenere! It reminded me of the 1994 Pride Merlot I had a few months ago. Powerful nose with ripe fruits, cherry, plum, chocolate and coffee. Full body (only 13.5% though), med - acidity, velvety, still quite some grip with ripe tannins, same as on the nose with an impressive long finish.
Dark color which contrasted with its mild raspberry, blackberry and chocolate essence. Reminds me of soft velvet in the mouth (OK, weird analogy) but this wine was almost light and creamy with a great finish. This was a fantastic Carmenere and in many ways unique to the heavy handed American blends I sometimes drink. I suppose that this is the nicest reasonably priced Carmenere I've ever had and well worth keeping on hand for those guests and times you would prefer light balance over hedonistic deep purple juice.
1st night was creamy, almost chalky thus disappointing but the second night - oh boy! I hear shades of "What a difference a day makes...24 little hours." Nose of dark sweet cherries, boysenberry and current. At the very end I did catch the mint and cola notes. Indeed, no green/vegetal notes in this at all. Nice mouthfeel and finish. Threw some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Think this wine may be on it's way down although it may have suffered from a long shelf life in the store. It had excellant structure, very dark red but the fruit seemed muted all night which may have also been caused by sediment as this was consumed within 24 hours after travel. Will try another one of my 3 in a few weeks after they have settled as this one did throw some sediment from the bottle.