Setting a new high bar for Carmenère is this luxury version from Concha y Toro’s Cachapoal vineyard. And while it deserves to be drunk sooner than later, we recommend it for the best steak you grill this year. It’s a strapped, juicy wine with tons of coffee, chocolate and berry essence. It’s too hard or layered, so get at it soon for its up-front fruit and character.
For serious Carmenère, Carmín is at the top of the list. It’s almost late-harvest in terms of richness and ripeness, with earth, leather, mineral, pepper, plum and berry on the nose. Dense and balanced, yet a little on the soft side, with meaty raspberry and plum flavors. Finishes dark, with coffee, toast and leather. A cuddly, chewy wine to drink now for all its…
The four Rs are covered here: The wine is robust, roasted, ripe and ready. Kai is a very dark and sultry style of Carmenère, with huge waves of blueberry and blackberry fruit darkened up by chocolate, coffee and mint. The palate is lush but well structured; it’s soft, pure and velvety, but also very natural.
The nose of black olive, grilled beef and black fruit is made elegant via a floral perfume, and overall this big-boned Carmenère is beautifully balanced and loaded with cola, blackberry, licorice and chocolate. Dark as night on the finish, and ageable for a few years.
A classic high-end Carmenère, with enticingly rich, chocolaty, herbal aromas. The palate is lush but balanced, with a generous texture, smooth tannins and plenty of depth. Saturated in flavor, with blackberry, herbal notes, chocolate, spiced meat and more. Drink now through 2012.
Big, stout and solid, with a smoky, pure-fruit nose that’s very attractive. Lush and full in the mouth, with pure, deep, intoxicating flavors of blackberrry, black currant and Mediterranean black olive. Solid throughout and holds its form across the finish. Ripe, smooth and delicious. Drink now thru 2012.
Staunch and varietally correct from the opening gun; this is one big, obvious Carmenère with a ton of spice, extract, ripeness and quality. The palate is deep, powerful and rich, with tobacco, blackberry, fig, graham cracker and strong herbal influences. The finish is lush, long and spicy, with richness and a final dose of herbs. Drink now and over the next few years.
Rich and dark smelling, with alluring pastry, earth, herb and soothing berry aromas. Deep, meaty and very ripe across the mouth, with cola, chocolate, roasted berry and fresh prune flavors. Toasty and lush as it fades away. Fun and modern; drink now through 2013.