Thursday, November 13, 2008
Aresti 2004 Winemakers's Assemblage (Chile)
This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, and with the Carmenere in there you should have guessed it was Chile, even without looking at the top line. Typically it was a bottle I bought on a whim because of ... you guessed it, the label. As everybody knows label sells, once ... it's what's in the bottle that will keep you coming back - if it's any good that is. And this was not a bad bottle at all. The nose was loaded with a variety of tasty offerings like black fruit, cinnamon, spice and a minty-cedary quality (not atypical for Chile). The palate was smooth, with a touch of rough tannins (I thought of very fine sandpaper when doing this discription, 200 grade or something like that) with black fruit, and wood/cedar notes. As the wine remained open and the air soften it juicy blackberries emerged before kicking into a dry finish.