I found a bottle of wine in my basement and I have absolutely no idea where it came from. None. The importer yielded no clues, it didn’t have paperwork taped to it like I do with the samples I get, nothing. So that leaves a couple options. It was a present from someone. My dad bought it. Or it’s a sample that came with no information (which I do get quite frequently, what’s up with that??) and the return address was a P.O. Box. The wine is the 2007 Odfjell Vineyards Armador Carmenere. If you sent this to me, fess up and I’ll let folks know where it arrived from. The wine clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, has a real cork closure, and retails for about $10.
On the nose I got pepper, spice, peppers, cedar, blackberry, black cherry, and earth. In the mouth I got blackberry, anise, earth, black cherry, spice, and other dark fruits. This is a big, big wine, with aggressive tannins (that’s such a funny phrase, but really accurate, if you think of tannins sort of beating up your tongue).