Montes Wines 2010 Purple Angel carmenere (Chile)

Only a jakknob wouldn’t love a good carmenere…

Tasted at 60-68 degrees on the IR temp gun. Bullseye black garnet and carmine with aromas of black pepper, bell pepper, and blackberries smoking over the Riedel like dry ice. Full, thick, and attractively complex with blackberries, herbal peppers, black licorice, black pepper, raspberries, black plum, soft tannins, and dark, spicy chocolate on a lengthy finish. Wonderful match with enchiliadas topped with New Mexico red chile sauce.

Alcohol: 14.5%. D.O. Colchagua Valley (Chile). 8% petit verdot. Aged 18 months in new French oak. One of Chile’s finest carmeneres. Power: 3/5. Balance: 3/5. Depth: 3/5. Finesse: 3/5. Rated: 92. Value: $40. Paid: $41. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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