If you have seen the latest Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s October 22 Vintages release catalogue you may say WTF has just happened! Prices are obscene. This makes the wines of Chile most compelling from a price and quality perspective. Most Chilean wines appear to be rated by James Suckling a hero it seems to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario so one has to discount his overly generous rating of Chilean wine. He gave the San Pedro 1865 Selected Vineyards Carmenére 2020 a 91 rating.
On the nose a tight wine with blackberry, blueberry, milk chocolate and a gentle tad of allspice. On the palate moderate tannins with elements of Christmas cake, pepper and spice.
Enough fruit to make this a decent sipper. Drink now or hold until the end of 2024. This would be a good match for so many foods but as we are in the death throes of local produce eggplants are a plenty so why not Eggplant Parmesan? My produce contact at Lady York in Toronto says from here on in expect peppers, Swiss Chard and Dandelion. With fires in California and a hurricane in Florida who knows what awaits us in Canada. I made loads of jam, pesto and tomato sauce.
(San Pedro 1865 Selected Vineyards Carmenére 2020, Valle de Maule, San Pedro S.A.Molina, Chile, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 249201, 750 mL, 14%, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).