RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Carménère: Siegel Gran Reserva Carménère

Aromatics:  Heavy raspberry markers with black cherry and strawberry in tow.

Palate: The tannins are not quite reaching the moderate level. Plenty of stuffing in this wine. Virtually bursting with black cherry but held in a straight jacket for the moment, Put another way the wine may just be on a holding pattern before landing on a runway of greatness in 2024 when the wine opens up mid 2024 to reveal its fruit in all its glory.

Personality: When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2024 I am not turning into a pumpkin but a stellar wine. I do request you respect my present firmness until at least 2023-year end when I begin to show what a great Chilean Carménère I am.

Cellarability: Will be in its prime from 2024-2026 but still enjoyable now if you like a firm but not austere wine.

Price: $18.95 (Ontario).

In a nutshell: A debutante ready to bust out at the ball.

Food match: The wine now is food centric  Roasted duck breast and shredded duck confit. Italian farro maitake mushrooms, kale, salisfy, Jerusalem artichokes and pearl onions with foie gras jus.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 92/100. Timatkin.com 91/100. 

(Siegel Gran Reserva 2019 Carménère, Valle de Colchagua, Vińa Siegel, Pamila, Chile, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25639, 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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