And It’s Chile Again!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile so that I could participate in the webcast tasting of Chilean wines.

Yes, in case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a rash of Chilean wine postings in the last two weeks here on the ‘ol wine blog. Normally I wouldn’t have so many posts, but since we had the web tasting, I have 8 wines to write about, and it took us several days to polish them off, so we didn’t get around to tasting other wines in the meantime!  This is wine number seven of the tasting, so I only have one more after this!  Up seventh for the evening: the 2006 Haras Character Cabernet Sauvignon-Caermenere.  This one has a real cork closure, is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenere, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Syrah, and retails for $21.

This one showed a lot of green pepper on the nose, and it took a while to blow off. I had to go back to it after the presentation to re-sniff as I didn’t want to judge it solely on the green pepper aromas.  After the webcast was over, I re-tasted/smelled and found chocolate, plums, black currants, spice, anise, pepper, black fruit, mint, and a dusty earthy quality.  In the mouth, I found the wine to be really peppery and spicy.  I also got flavors of black fruit–black cherries and black berries mostly, and it had a meaty quality that I’ve found in some of the wines with Carmenere that I’ve tried.  I’m not really sure what the Cabernet Franc added to the wine…I couldn’t really find a trace of it.  On night one, this was huge and tannic…it was a bit more approachable on night two.


2 Responses

  1. Tough job, working through all those samples. I’ve had mixed results with my limited sampling of carmenere.

  2. Hey David, I know right? I’ve had some good Carmenere and some ok ones. It’s an interesting grape.

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