I have been a real fan of this grape and this wine in particular for several years now. I like my wines young and fruity, which often leads me to wines from the new world rather than the old. The carmenère grape actually links the two: it was once included in the Bordeaux blend, but was lost in the phylloxera epidemics of the nineteenth century. It was rediscovered in the 1980s in a large number of vineyards in Chile, where it had been mistaken for merlot. Chile took the carmenère grape to its heart and made it its own.
This wine is smooth, silky and rich. You can see how it was once thought to be a merlot grape, but it has a unique sweet spice to it. This wine is very easy drinking with or without food. It has also just been reduced in price, making it even better value for money. My wife thinks we should install an alarm in the house to go off when we are down to our last few bottles. It's that good.
Daniel Rogers – Member Services Adviser
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