Hello everyone. Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s 2012.
One of the latest picks from our wine club, Vino Volo, was Paso del Sol Carmenere 2010 from the TerraMater Winery in Chile.
I had never tasted a Carmenere so I decided to do a little investigating. I learned that the Carmenere grape was thought to have all but died out more than a century ago. However, it’s making a comeback in Chile, where in the 1990’s much of the “Merlot” was found to be Carmenere. This varietal produces darker, richer, riper reds than Merlot, with more spices and coffee flavors.
This wine has a deep red color. Aromas of intense fruitiness with hints of chocolate. It is full-bodied and fresh with tastes of blackberries and other dark fruits. It is smooth and easy to drink. We had it with dinner the other night – grilled steak. It was delicious. A great pairing. This wine is best if you open it one hour before you intend to drink it.
I definitely recommend this one, and I look forward to sharing some of this year’s wine club picks with you.
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