Thursday, July 25, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - South American Red - 2011 Vistamar Carménère Sepia Reserva

I love wine and I love the history of wine.  Carménère is a grape you may not have heard of before - because it has a very interesting history. At one time, it was the sixth Bordeaux grape in France (along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Malbec), but now is grown primarily in South America. Originally, growers in South America mistakenly labeled the grapes as Merlot until around 1998 when it was recognized that for 150 years or so there had been a bit of an Ooops!  

Wine: 2011 Vistamar Carménère Sepia Reserva
Region: Mapio Valley, Chile
Grape Varieties: Carménère
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $10.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Synthetic cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Clear, dark purple with a water white rim.
Aroma: Very nice nose of raspberries, dark chocolate, and coffee along with something herbal, perhaps even a bit of mint.
Taste: Medium bodied, very nice fruit flavor, nicely acidic with a nice long finish.  

The Grade: I give this one an A. An outstanding wine for $10 - if you like Merlot, give this one a try!

1 comment:

  1. Great wine for $10.It looks fine in color hope taste will be much good.Thanks for this information.


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