Carmenère

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94
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François Lurton 2011 Alka Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50

This superb Carmenère is lusty but intricate on the bouquet, with aromas of baked plum, blackberry, balsam wood, leather and horse hide. The palate shows a complex blend of high-voltage power and density; flavors of roasted blackberry, chocolate, pepper and root beer finish deep and oaky. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
94
points

Santa Carolina 2010 Herencia Carmenère (Peumo)

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  1. $100

Herencia is regarded as one of Chile’s very best Carmenères. This rendition is concentrated on the nose, with blackberry, cassis, baking spices, herbal notes and root essence rolled into a fantastic whole. A deep, layered palate is loaded with blackberry, mocha and controlled herbal flavors, while the finish is oaky but comfortable, with lasting spicy flavors…

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
93
points

François Lurton 2010 Hacienda Araucano Alka Estate Bottled Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50

Deep, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and baked plum come with herbal hints and balsamic notes. This feels full, slightly rich, creamy and focused, with toasty flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and herbs. It’s a delicious wine with clarity and a satisfying finish. Drink now through 2015.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2013)
93
points

Santa Carolina 2008 Herencia Carmenère (Peumo)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $90

As Chilean Carmenère goes, this is one of the best and most true to the grape. Dusty, dry, earthy aromas of spiced berry, herbs and cocoa lead to a lofty palate with both creamy oak and driving acids. Oak-related flavors of vanilla and coconut sit on top of spicy, baked berry flavors, while the finish is full, woody, creamy and dense. Drink this excellent Carmenère…

 — M.S.  (7/1/2013)
92
points

Viu Manent 2010 El Incidente Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $50

Lofty from the start, this extracted Carmenère pumps out toasty, herbal aromas of smoked meat, leather and black fruits. The palate feels flush and thick, while flavors of baked blackberry, herb, spice, mint and pepper finish with a warm wave of mocha and chewy tannins. Drink through 2017.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2014)
92
points

Errazuriz 2012 Kai Carmenère (Aconcagua Valley)

  1. $235

Saucy, spicy aromas of wild berry, baked plum and raw oak are forceful and hard-driving. Wide, round, chewy and resiny in feel, this tastes lightly toasted, buttery and woody, but patience reveals deep berry fruit flavors and spice notes. A barrel-heavy finish indicates that this may benefit from another year or two of aging; drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (6/1/2015)
92
points

Montes 2012 Purple Angel Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $85

As per usual, Purple Angel is a full-force experience. Hailing from a warm year, this is dense and purple in color, as it should be. Aromas of graphite, oak, tobacco and black fruit set up a jammy, full palate with saturated flavors of spice-laden blueberry and boysenberry. Finishing notes of tobacco, herb and oak cement this big-boned wine’s ripe, beefy status…

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
points

Concha y Toro 2010 Terrunyo Entre Cordilleras Peumo Vineyard Block 27 Carmenère (Peumo)

  1. $50

Mossy, lightly herbal aromas of blackberry and marzipan are attractive. This is rich, loud and racy in the mouth, with vanilla, tobacco, plum and berry flavors that finish long and ride elegantly on a beam of slightly sharp acidity. Drink this fine Carmenère through 2016.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2014)
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