Overflowing with Carmenere

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile

By this time, I think I have a pretty good idea of what the Carmenere grape tastes like. In about 2 months I’ve drank around 8 bottles of wine either made wholly of Carmenere or a Carmenere blend…and I still have a few more bottles kicking around! I definitely am making good on my promise to try more Chilean wines!  I chose the 2007 Sibaris Reserva Especial Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley in Chile to drink the other night.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, and I have no idea what it retails for but I’d venture to guess about $15.

On the nose of the wine I found blackberries, dusty chocolate, pepper, licorice, bell peppers, spice, some earthiness, and sweet cherry.  In the mouth I got flavors of dark fruit, plums, blackberries, raspberries, currants, spice, anise, and that interesting bitterness on the back palate that seems to keep popping up in the Carmeneres I’ve had. Overall, I thought the fruit smelled fresh on the nose and the mouth showed firm tannins with nice structure and acidity.  Serve with your favorite BBQ. (Wow, have I got BBQ on the mind this week or what?)