*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile in order to participate in a live tasting event.
I’m still meandering my way through older online tastings. However, we’re finally well into 2011, which means I’m almost there. Almost there. I can do it. I participated in a Wines of Chile Carmenere tasting earlier this year. I know I’ve told you about these tastings, which I find completely fascinating. The Wines of Chile Folks gather 8 wine makers from Chilean wineries and send one wine from each winery. Each night has a theme. Then, over a video cast the tasters get to see and hear the wine makers talk about their wines as they taste along with us and answer our questions. One of the wines for this tasting was the 2007 Cono Sur Vision Carmenere which had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and is available for as little as $10 online.
On the nose I found eucalyptus, spice, pepper, blackberry, forest, Christmas tree, and black cherry. In the mouth I got black cherry, blackberry, spice, pepper, and anise. The palate seemed fruitier to me than the nose. While the nose yielded some fruit, it was mostly spice and forest aromas. The fruits on the palate had good acidity and were followed by a slightly tannic finish.