Chilean Carmenere Panel Tasting - October 2017

Decanter Magazine

Peter Richards MW

"Carmenere is the James Bond of wine grapes. It's mysterious, with a past shrouded in conjecture. No one knows how best to handle or contain it. It's often been on the ropes - for instances, when phylloxera virtually wiped it out in Bordeaux - but it has proved a dogged survivor, popping up in unexpected places. It goes under many pseudonyms, from 'Shelongzhu' (China) to 'Merlot Chileno' and (the best) 'Black Bordeaux' (Italy). But it's Chile where the variety has made itself at home."

Canto de Piedra Reserva Carmenere 2013, Colchagua Valley
89 points
"Harmonious and easy-going yet with a mature, smoky, dried fruit and tobacco complexity. Long, resonant and crying out for food."

Aluvios de Tingui Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014, Colchagua Valley
86 points
" Rich in barnyard and leathery notes, this is a wild, animal version of the grape, beefed up by tense tannins."

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