Monday, October 29, 2012

Tarapaca 2006 Reserva Carmenere (Chile)

I bought this wine a few years ago after a Chilean tasting, it was probably one of the best Carmenere's I had had to date ... so I bought about 3 or 4 and decided to find out what happened if I aged it a bit.  And I can tell you matter-of-factly that it got better, a lot better.  When first opened the nose was a lovely brambly blackberry and cassis while the palate had blackberry bite with mocha and leather ... then I did something to see if I could smooth the wine out further - I put a VinOair aerator on the bottle and poured the wine through it.  I couldn't ask for better results, the brambly blackberry and cassis on the nose turned into mocha, blueberry, and cassis with a hint of menthol.  The palate smoothed right out, gone was the leather and harsh blackberry, in came the cassis, blueberry, mocha, vanilla and yes, menthol.  I was very impressed with this wine (and the VinOair), but I think the wine deserves most of the credit, the aerator just made things happen faster.

1 comment:

Ww said...

Like minds perhaps... this week I found the Vina Tarapacà Gran Reserva Carmenère 2010 needing a few more years altho' would be a super complement with red beef or game