Colchagua Valley, Chile; 14% ABV;
from LaRoche Chile; imported by Wilson Daniels
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Nov
As regular readers know, I have a compulsion to get most of the Carménères that come through the GO. This one doesn’t satisfy my fetish for the eccentricities of the grape, but it is really delicious.
The wine is not bad from first pour, but it has some roughness, especially on the finish, that needs about an hour in a decanter to smooth out. And, then, how it does! The richly textured , full-bodied fruit shows dark flavors of boysenberry / blackberry, plum, earthy chocolate, black raspberry, likely complexities of cranberry and dark roses / violets, and no green bell pepper (not that there’s anything wrong with that, IMO). It could perhaps use a little more acid, but it is by no means flabby. It doesn’t strike me as getting too old soon, but there’s no reason to wait to drink it. Fans of rich, ripe, California wines, try this one! It is not “jammy,” but I doubt it will disappoint anyone.