More Red Blends from Chile

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

This post gets the same explanation as the previous Chilean Red Blends post. I simply did not get around to typing up my notes and publishing them in a timely manner, but still want you all to hear about these wines. Next up is the 2008 Estampa Gold Assemblage. Also a Carmenere heavy blend, this one is 57% Carmenere, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petite Verdot. It has a real cork closure, clocks in at 14% alcohol by volume, and retails for $22.

On the nose I got bubblegum, pepper, spice, red fruit notes, cardamom, thyme, cherry, and the rest of my spice rack thrown in for good measure. On the palate I found huge herbal notes, black cherry, and more herbs. I found the herbal quality to be a bit overwhelming and it also had huge tannins. Both of those characteristics had mellowed by the time I went back to it much later that evening, but it definitely took time.