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.
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