2010 Cono Sur Cabernet Carmenere
A lovely organic Chilean cabernet/carmenere wine, that is grown au natural on the Santa Elisa Estate in Chimbarongo, located in Colchagua Valley. There are no chemicals or synthetic products used which benefits the local environment, the workers and us, as consumers. I like feeling that I am doing my part to protect our planet when I purchase their wines. The bicycle on the label is a symbol of their main means of transportation on the local roads and another plus in their protection of our environment.
The wine itself is a blend of two red grapes, cabernet (60%) and carmenere (40%), now Chile’s signature grape, and has flavors of dark fruits and green bell pepper. It is a nice warm garnet in color, not quite as dark as most cabs, and slightly sweeter. When taking the first sip you will sense a hint of pepper and then the earthy taste of black currants, strawberries, plum and cassis take over with a finish that has a hint of toasted wood. All in all it is a sweet, supple and spicy red.
If you are a die-hard cabernet sauvignon wine drinker than this wine is probably not for you. But, if you like some of the lighter wines such as pinot noir, you might just want to pick up a bottle for your everyday use.
Food Pairing: Pairs well with red meats, pates, lamb, hearty stews and casseroles.
Rating: 4/5 corks