*Disclaimer: I received this wine to participate in a Wines of Chile online tasting.
I’ve previously talked (written?) about the Wines of Chile online tastings that I sometimes participate in. For this one, the tasting focused on Carmenere based wines. Carmenere can, for me, still be a pretty wild and untamed grape. One of the wines for this tasting was the 2007 Terra Andina Altos 2007 Carmenere Carignan. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $15.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) The finish was sharp. I’m not sure time would help this.
2.) On the other hand, the nose was quite intriguing.
3.) I prefer Carmenere without Carignan.
4.) Green pepper notes can be a good or bad thing. In this case I am not a fan.
On the nose I got green pepper, pepper, black plum, blackberry, oak, licorice, and espresso. In the mouth I found the wine to be spicy and sharp, especially on the finish. I got green pepper, blackberry, black plum, and strong coffee notes.