RKS 2023 Wine: Elvis Presley and a Certain Chilean Carménère : Kidia 2018 Reserve Carménère

From the Maule Valley this D.O. Valle Pencahue Carménère is new to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Follow the lead of Elvis and return to sender!

Aromatics: Strawberry, stewed rhubarb, blackberry, charcoal and some raspberry jam.

Palate: Moderate tannins initially but augment quickly into a firm grip. Bereft of any real fruit. Almost astringent. Given the excellent Carménère tried in the past 3 months this one is entirely disappointing and forgettable.

Personality: Like many a politician I start off very friendly with good aromatics and a firm handshake. But get to know me on the palate and regrettably have little of interest after the aromatics are done. I will be most happy if you return me to the store where they will send me home and we can try again. I am sorry for fooling “savvy buyers” from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Cellaring: Don’t bother.

Food match: Don’t bother.

Price: $18.95 (Ontario).

In a nutshell: Keep this nut in its shell and don’t open.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 56/100

(Viña del Pedregal, Kidia Reserve Carménère 2018, D.O. Valle Pencahue, Viña del Pedregal, Vila Alegre de Loncomilla, Chile, 750 mL, 14%).

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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