Carmenere is one of my favorite varietals, but not one that many people are familiar with. It can be quite vegetal, like some Cabernet Francs from the Loire Valley in France. I, of course, am aware that most of my buyers would not gravitate toward a vegetal red from Chile. I am always looking for a Carmenere that falls into the 80% category, meaning that 80% of the people who buy it will like it. I was very happy when a sales rep stopped by with a Carmenere that I believe falls into that category. Therefore, I decided to make it my pick for June 2023.
2021 Carma Carmenere (Maipo Valley, Chile)… $12.
Aromas of red flowers, licorice, red cherries, blackberries and plum with just a hint of veggie. Cherries, currants and blackberries on the palate, backed by easy tannins and balanced acidity. The fruit beams on the palate with licorice notes lying underneath. Red flower notes “Pop” on the mid-palate into the finish. This is a juicy, fresh and delicious Cabernet Franc, that may turn you into a fan. This baby punches above its weight class for sure and the price is stupid for what you get. (B+/A-)
Stan The Wine Man