Back on the Wine Train

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample in order to participate in the online Wines of Chile Carmenere Tasting.

As you may or may not know from my Twitter feed, I’ve been pretty sick the last few weeks. I hadn’t tasted any wine in weeks, so I was excited that I felt well enough to participate at least partially in the extremely cool online video Wines of Chile tasting. Although I only felt up to tasting two of the bottles that night. I chose the 2007 Viu Manent Reserva Carmenere as one of my two. The wine had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $14.

On the nose I got green pepper, florals,
black pepper, black plum, black currants, brambly fruit, leather, herb cabinet, and spice. In the mouth I found green pepper, pepper, spice, then my notes say “holy pepper!”, black fruit, blackberries. Overall I thought the wine seemed pretty tight at first and then juicier later in the evening when I went back to taste.