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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chile, South America
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 102227
Deep plum-red in color, this wine shows the classic traits of the variety. The nose is ripe but complex, with aromas that recall fresh blackberries and notes of sweet spice. A swirl of the glass reveals a light touch of black pepper that lends complexity and elegance. The voluminous palate is complemented by a soft, creamy texture with well-rounded tannins in this big-bodied wine. The flavor of roasted red pepper subtle toasted notes linger long on the finish, confirming the sweetness and depth achieved this year in the Carmenère at Errazuriz.
The 2008 Carmenere Single Vineyard contains small amounts of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It sports an expressive nose of mineral/earth notes, violets, soy, blackberry, and blueberry. On the palate, it is mouth-filling, chewy, and pleasure-bent. There is a bit of underlying structure suggesting that this tasty Carmenere might evolve for 1-2 years but it can be approached now.
Inky ruby. Roasted cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice and dried flowers on the intriguingly Bordeaux-like nose and palate. Sweet and juicy, with precise flavor definition and lift. Finishes with supple, broad tannins and very good spicy length. Shows a lot of personality, not to mention impressive balance and clarity.