This smells intense up front, with tree bark, herb, spice and black fruit aromas. It’s focused on the palate, with tight tannins, gritty bite and crusty, dark flavors of peppery, earthy berries and herbs. Cool, long, sly and spicy on the finish. Drink now–2016. Carmenère, Cabernet, Malbec and Syrah comprises the blend.— M.S.
Crusty, dark and big all over; this is a full, minerally Syrah with molten intensity and floral accents. The palate is broad, round and loaded with toasty, spicy plum and other black-fruit flavors. The finish is warm and chocolaty, and as a whole it’s delivering a lot more depth and quality than most $14 wines.— M.S.
This small-production blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is deep, layered and exciting. The nose is creamy but diligent, with plum, cassis, chocolate and a touch of popcorn coming from the oak. The palate is smooth and healthy, with cassis, cherry, plum, tobacco and herb flavors in front of a bright…— M.S.
With floral aromas mixed with darker notes of asphalt, mineral, leather and berry fruit, this opens well. The palate is rubbery in feel but structured. Flavors of bold berry fruits, chocolate and herbs end chewy, warm and chocolaty. For a basic Carmenère-Cabernet blend, this is on the money.— M.S.
Here’s yet another very nice, ready-to-drink Cabernet from Chile. Tight and complete on the nose, with aromas of cassis, cherry and tar. The palate is packed deep with sweet cassis fruit, which is accented by tobacco and burnt sugar. Shows some unabsorbed oak and chocolate on the finish, but generally speaking it’s…— M.S.
Rich and sweet smelling right from the start, with mocha, shoe polish and charred aromas. The wine is ripe to the point of being sticky, while the flavors are naturally herbal, with olive, berry and earth notes. Shows good balance, feel and nerve. A new and worthy Carmenère to keep an eye on.— M.S.
This earthy, concentrated Malbec is dense on the nose, with herbal flavors of blackberry, spice and heat. A toasty finish carries a choppy feel and fresh acidity, while the finish tastes toasty but doesn’t rise up or improve. Overall, this is perfectly good but not complex. Drink now.— M.S.
Jammy red-berry aromas come with a green streak. The wine is a bit hard in feel, with choppy tannins. Sweet blueberry and graham cracker flavors are offset by saline and green accents, while the finish is chunky and earthy.— M.S.