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)
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%)