REVIEW: Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2007

December 17th, 2009 by Jeff

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Nose:

Peppery beef notes, green pepper.

Palate:

Full bodied, moderate acid, soft tannin.  The attack is all about soft, plummy fruit.  The finish is all about a spicy pepper kick and a mild vegetal finish.  ‘Nuff said.

Synopsis:

Yet another in the long line of value based Chilean reds.  Carménère is a red grape indigenous to the Bordeaux region of France.  After the phyloxera epidemic in the late 1800’s, Carménère was the odd man out in Bordeaux.  It’s qualities were mimicked by Merlot, but it was never a great ripened to start with.  An easy grape for the Bordeaux folks to part with.

Eventually it found it’s way to Chile and that is where it has truly flourished. In fact, it’s damn near extinct in France and has become the signature red grape of Chile.

This version is pretty boring and not worth searching out unless you are dying for something red, wet and soft ( hello Kirstie Alley).  However there are many high quality Carménères out there that will genuinely turn you on.

The Som Rating: 5/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

The Som Rating: 5/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

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