Friday, January 1, 2010

Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2001

  • Area: Chile, Cachapoal Valley
  • Grape: Carmenere, touch of Cab Sauv
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Rating: Black 96 Dilettante 95

Description: The Carmenere grape is one of the most ancient European varieties and was used extensively in Bordeaux. Brought to South America circa 1850, this grape has since found the ideal growing conditions in Chile.

Aged 19 monthis in oak. Unique aromas of smoke, oak, perfumed florals, black fruit and tobacco caress the nose. Lush and seductive in the mouth with a full attack of blueberries, blackberries and spicy toast. There is just enough acidity to compliment its elegant broodiness. The uber-dry finish delivers elements of road tar, tobacco and chocolate. Like the Energizer bunny, the finish keeps going and going and going. We have to buy this yummy beauty again.

Decanting not required although a little air enhances the complexity.

Price: $30 worth every penny.

Food: Great with a steak bordelaise. Would also pair well with rabbit, goose and lamb.

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