Nice knowing you, 2007 Carmeneres. This was a highly regarded vintage in Chile, esp for this variety of grape. I'd upgrade over my previous note, but this was still lacking in chocolate notes (thinking mole, not Hershey's) and a little weak on the slightly herbaceous edge I like here. Made the beef stew again and left out the olives at my wife's request. Still, very high QPR.
Okay, but not really what I like in Carmenere. Lacks the bittersweet chocolaty tones that go well beef stew with cumin and green olives. Really can't knock the price, and better for my money than tons of merlot--you could see where they didn't catch the difference in Chile for a while, since this one, lacking the hints of green pepper, choco-tannins, and richness, was like a Right Banker's little brother. I've got another bottle, and I'll try it with lamb or something, maybe with some bay leaf or rosemary to see if that brings up the (pleasant) greenness I like in this grape. Again, not bad, not at all. Just that I like my carmenere--a lot--and like it a little different.
OK – clear dark red appearance; fruit on nose; off dry; mid tannins; some acid; full body; medium / long finish; big juicy wine; very fruity – dark fruits; very smooth; nice drop but not really my bag; quite alcoholic.
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