If I’m correct, this is the first time I’ll be writing about a Carmenere since starting this blog. What took me so long? Well there’s so many amazing wines to talk about. I will never get to them all. And why would I want to? That’s what makes this journey brilliant. There will never be enough time to try them all. Fortunately there is time to try an assortment.
Carmenere was one of the original six grapes in France, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. It faded into obscurity until the early 90’s and now found its proper home (as the national grape) in Chile. If this story sound familiar, the same thing happened with Malbec. And now that’s the most popular grape of Argentina.
The play on words funny yet nothing about this wine is. It’s a straight-forward and no-thrills bottle. It’s got just the right amount of oak and spiciness that it doesn’t taste like a rock-bottom priced vino. But not much more than that. If I’m to assume correctly, black cherry, smoke, spices, and the aforementioned oak are all easily detectable. Anything else is not as discernible. But hey, that’s just my opinion. It did have a darker tint than many wines we’re accustomed to.
I brought this bottle over to a friends house to relax, sip, and crack some jokes. Not about the wine but in general. The weather is warming up and spirits are doing the same. It’s about time. As long as this wine was somewhat acceptable, then it’s going to taste that much better with good company and a good energy. If this or any wine were appalling then we’d be hard pressed to enjoy ourselves. Then again we might move on and find a suitable replacement.
I’m sounding like I’m down on this wine. Not at all. I think I’m just excited and all over the place with this sudden heat wave that’s hitting the east coast. I’m salivating at the thought of all the outdoor activities and all the great wines that I’ll be having during some of those fun events. I hope you’re getting amped up too.
Winter time is winding down but some of these impeccable wines I’ll try will not. We’re just getting started.