I put down a mixed case of Carmenere a few year ago just to see how they age. This was the first I've had since. Deep, dark color with a thin clear rim. Nose of savory herbs, licorice and black fruit. Viscous on entry with firm flavors of black currant, roasted spice. Quite full bodied and a bit warm, there is a firm backbone of tannins. The flavors are long and fresh. An impressive example. Drink now to 2020.
Deep ruby color with some purple hue. The nose is a bit tight after half hour of decanting and shows licorice and meat. The palate has a nice attack and is well balanced showing black cherry, licorice, black pepper, graphite, forest floor, some vegetal notes, and a hint of chocolate. A very good backbone with low acidity and low/medium tannins. The medium length finish is smooth and well rounded. Very good over all; ready to drink now with few more years of longevity.
Very solid Carmenere from a reliable producer. Decent legs, long finish, well-paired with grilled steak. I sought out the 2008 as the 2007 was our best wine tasted in 2010. The 2008 enjoyed this year is the second of two bottles consumed 12 months apart; both bottles were equally good. I will seek out future vintages and buy again. Paid about $20 and worth the money. Only problem is the Carmenere is one of the more difficult Montes Alpha varietals to find. Worth the search.
Drank this next to two other very good wines of the same vintage, Celler Malondro Montsant Besllum and Tenuta Curezza Nerosso Salento. This wine had the best and richest bouquet by far. It also had the most overall charm, and possibly the most exciting taste profile. It's main let down came on the finish, which while still good, did not hold up to the finish of the other two wines, and is also slightly bitter. For affordable drinking pleasure, however, it's a stunner!
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