Red Red Wine

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

The 2nd wine I tasted after almost 3 weeks of no wine! Yay for wine! Don’t you worry, I’m making up for lost time and am back to my regularly scheduled tasting (drinking). The 2nd wine I picked out of the box of 8 Carmeneres was the 2008 Viña la Rosa La Capitana Carmenere. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $20.

On the nose I got berries, cocoa powder, bramble fruit, toffee, smoke, nutmeg, earth, spice, pepper, currants, and some green notes. I wrote in my notes that the wine smelled like Thanksgiving. The mouth was tight and seemed simpler than the nose.  I found black cherry, black currants, plums, blackberries, spice, and pepper.  I really wanted a steak with this wine!