Tiaras, not just for Princesses

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

And it’s more Carmenere! I think more than 50% of the case of wines from Chile consisted of Carmenere.  I chose the 2006 Tiara Carmenere from the Rapel Valley of Chile.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in 14% alcohol by volume, and retails for…well, I can’t find any retail information.

On the nose I found dusty chocolate, berries, green peppers, black fruit, spice, pepper, and earth.  Oddly enough, I thought I smelled pineapple, but that can’t be right, right? In the mouth I got flavors of raspberries, pomegrante, black currants, peppers, pepper, and that really interesting bitter note I’ve now found on so many Carmeneres.

I took a page from Dhonig’s book on this one, and keep the bottle for a second night.  I only wanted a glass and Matt didn’t want any wine the night I opened it, so I stuck the Vacu-Vin in the bottle and left it on the counter overnight.  On the second night, the greenness had disappeared, and I found the nose to be plummy, full of black fruit, and displaying milk chocolate.  I found the wine to be spicier, but still displaying some herbs, which really added to the nose.  The mouth on the second night displayed berries, plums, tart fruit, and a kick of pepper.