Some Carmeneres are Better than Others

As Chile’s wine industry tries to affirm its signature grape –Carmenere- on the world stage, some results are cs_terranoble_reserva_06better than others. The Terra Noble rendition, from the Maule Valley, is a mixed bag of blessings and curses. Starting with the latter, it has a funky nose, very pronounced, reminiscent of decomposing matter. Past this point, this Carmenere is not bad, with jammy and dark fruit notes in the medium-plus palate. Earth, black cherry and capsicum are also part of the ensemble, although the organic -meaty- note persists and the herbaceous streak –a hallmark of Chilean reds- is more evident than what I would wish for. Good level of tannins and intensity of aroma and flavors will have a good synergy with BBQ’d meats. As a wine to sip on its own is no match for less expensive Carmenere varietals, like Cremaschi Furlotti or Anakena.

Product: Carmenere Reserva

Variety: Carmenere

Vintage: 2006

Winery: Terra Noble

Origin: Maule Valley, Chile

Alcohol: 14.0%

Price: 18.99 (Everything Wine)

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