Another Mystery Wine

I don’t know where this wine came from. I’m leaning toward that it must have been a sample from the Wines of Chile folks, but I can’t recall when I did a tasting with them that wasn’t Carmenere or Sauvignon Blanc.  Unless this came from the Carmenere tasting, though it’s not a mainly Carmenere based wine….So I’m stumped. It was on my sample rack, so I know that much. We pulled out the 2004 Carmen Wine Maker’s Reserve to go with our BBQ ribs the other night. The wine consists of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carmenere, 20% Petite Syrah [sic], and 10% Merlot. It clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and looks to retail for about $44.

On the nose I found dark berries, plums, very dark, dense fruit, spice, earth, raisins, menthol, and a hint of a green note, but nothing I found off-putting. In the mouth I got cedar, raisins, black plums, and a hint of cherry. To me this was a huge, tannic, dense wine with something just a bit sharp on the finish that threw me off. Some more time in the bottle might benefit this one or some serious air time before you drink it.