RKS 2023 Wine: The Superhero Wine Writer Humbly and Inadequately Explores a Chilean Carignan

Occasionally you encounter the superhero wine writer proud to be a judge at a wine competition or simply at some wine tasting event. Superhero has just tasted 83 wines and rated each of them maybe in the space of a couple of hours! Amazing! My crappy palate is put to the test on certain press trips. I am so incapable of evaluating massive amounts of wine I limit it to 6 or 7 per winery punctuated by meals and snacks. You see I have a weak palate that gets worn out after that and needs a rest that food, snacks and timely intervals afford. I am a mere mortal with feeble olfactory senses! Like Wayne and Garth I am not worthy!

Flashy wine label this Crazy Rows wine has! But it makes sense as the vines are more like bushes scattered about as opposed to factory specified neat rows. This is similar to vines on Pico Island in the Portuguese Azores.

So I see a 97 rating on this wine. This must be close to perfection. A Luca Maroni miracle! Or maybe a superhero wine writer evaluated it! Not much Carignan from Chile a refreshing break from Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is a Crazy Rows 2020 Carignan from Bisquertt in Chile.

Aroma: Oh so Chilean raspberry with strawberry, blackberry and a rich foundation of black cherry.

Palate: A rather smooth and far from crazy palate. One might wish for a bit more fruit but until that day arrives with another vintage enjoy the somewhat dilute raspberry, pomegranate, cactus pear and black cherry. Could it be more polite just to call this a light bodied wine like some distant relative to Pinot Noir? The finish is short.

Food pairing: You know my code word by now; “A Friday night wine”.

Cellarbility: Drink by the end of 2023.

Price: $16.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 89/100. 97/100 Decanter World Wine Awards (Best in Show).

(Crazy Rows Carignan 2020, D.O. Valle del Maule, Viñas Bisquertt, Santiago, Chile, 750 mL, 13%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 30217).

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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