It’s a mystery

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).

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.