2011 First Edition Carmenere
Chile: Cachapoal Valley
Today’s excellent 2011 First Edition Carmenere hails from Valle Secreto, one of Chile’s only boutique wineries. With a focus solely on producing quality, 100% estate grown wines, Valle Secreto is a step above your average Chilean Red.
Today’s Carmenere has a truly charming, Old World character. The wine is very structured and elegant, with perfectly integrated fruit, earth and spice characteristics. Tannins are on the soft side for a Chilean wine, giving the wine a charming and inviting appeal.
Please accept our boldest recommendation for today’s deeply delicious Chilean Red!
Midnight scarlet through and through. Nearly fully opaque, with just a touch of ruby at the fringe.
Deep, bold aromas of black currant, mulberry, and dark plum are laid overtop a beautifully unique terroir element of subtle eucalyptus, tarragon, sweet tobacco leaf, fresh spring garden, and a kiss of blueberry.
Incredibly bold and powerful flavors that delight without overpowering. Concentrated notes of blackberry and sweet plum mingle with sandalwood, espresso bean, mocha, a hint of menthol, herbal black tea, clove, anise, and black peppercorn.
This wine gets better and better the more time it has in the glass, opening to reveal layer upon layer of flavor. Strong yet supple, the wine is incredibly well integrated, with a lovely pop of acidity.
A thick-cut ribeye, thrown on the charcoal grill and finished with homemade rosemary and garlic herbal butter.
What the Winery Says
- Cristian Azocar
- 89 Points - Wine Spectator
- D.O. Cachapoal Valley, Chile