RKS 2023 Wine: More Carmenère from Chile

Is Carmenère Chile’s signature grape? Well if it meets Miguel Torres one of Spain’s signature winemakers surely the result will be a stellar wine?

We try a Cordillera Reserva Especial 2019 from Valle del Cachapoal.

Aromatics: Black plum, blueberry, black cherry, charcoal, leather, black earth and pomegranate.

Palate: Smooth as butter and full of black fruit and a bit brackish on the back palate. The acids are restrained. The brackishness gives it a short if not abrupt finish.

Food match: Grilled flank steak with baked potatoes and honeyed carrots. Vegetarian lasagna.

Personality: Easygoing but not a push over.

Cellaring: It will hold until 2025 but not improve.

Price: $24.95 (Ontario, Canada)

Rating: 91/100

In a nutshell: I am easygoing initially but deserve to be taken seriously.

(Cordillera Reserva Especial 2019, Carmenère, Cachapoal Valley, D.O. Puemo, S.V. Miguel Torres S.A. Curicó, Chile, 750 mL, 14.5%)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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