The Alyan A&A 2017 Carménère from Chile is produced in the Maule Valley, Chile’s largest viticultural area yet one of the most geographically and climatically diverse encompassing the Andes to the east, the sunny plains throughout the central corridor and the rolling coastal hills to the west which makes it possible for both red and white varietals to thrive.
Aroma: Ample blueberry, raspberry, black cherry with the blueberry winning the struggle of the fruits. In many instances the raspberry wins that battle for Chilean Carménère but not this time.
Palate: Soft tannins. Soft and lush blueberry contrasted with a sharp and almost brackish spicy raspberry and black cherry with a peppery finish. A stern wine that might require a little more time to soften in the bottle.
Personality: I am not one of those good time wines whirling around the dance hall. I am more serious and studious for another year until I reach my diploma in maturity.
Food Match: Mussels in a tomato and chorizo sauce with lots of garlic and merken.
Cellarbility: Drinkable now up to 2026. It should soften up a bit by 2025.
Price: $22.95 (Ontario).
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 88/100. Timatkin.com91.
(Alyan Family Ambassador 2017 Carménère, Maule Valley, Viña A&A, Pirque, Chile, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 27205).