Anakena 2006 Single Vineyard Carménère

Rapel Valley, Chile; 14% ABV
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 3 April

Anakena_2006_CarmenereThis wine looked quite promising: older, nice label, in a heavy bottle.  Indeed, it’s pretty good from first pour.  However, I thought it needed about 75 minutes in a decanter to open up to show softly textured flavors of red cherries, red and black raspberries (almost blackberry) with some complexities of tar, and a little green bell pepper,  (The green bell pepper element lessens distinctly as the wine airs.)  The wine is nicely elegant and subtly complex, and is an outstanding value at $3.  However, it strikes me as perfectly aged, so don’t wait long to drink it.

The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) was at least as good.  The fruit was more rich and dark, slightly more tarry.  If you don’t mind the green bell pepper component, which I know is anathema to some readers, this stuff is terrific for the price.  Again, just drink it pretty soon.


12 thoughts on “Anakena 2006 Single Vineyard Carménère

  1. Darrell

    Tried a bottle and it is as BW says with bell pepper component noticeable at first and then goes away quite quickly, but what supplants that is an oxidized aroma I’m afraid. Even at $3 my wife said we shouldn’t buy anymore.

    1. Expat

      Had this tonight. Pretty decent but not particularly complex. I got a little sulfur upon opening but it blew off pretty quick. Feels like a quality wine and $3 is a steal but just don’t expect to be transported.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Eric and thanks for the report. As I have seen good wines languish at the Richmond store, I was still clinging to the slight hope that some of this wine might still be there whenever I made it back there. Oh, well. No surprise, really.

        1. BargainWhine Post author

          I went to the San Pablo store late this morning and did not see any Carmenere. There were some interesting older bottles, though, some the same from when I was there last, 1.5 years ago.

  2. EHL

    Thanks for the review, BW.

    What is it with all these nice, well-aged, very substantial bottles of Carmenere from Chile going for a mere pittance at GO? Sometimes it is really hard to fathom their pricing schemes, not that I am complaining here, though…LOL.

    Definitely will have to run down to Richmond and pick some up since I haven’t seen the Anakena elsewhere.

    Also, BTW, thanks for establishing the new page on “Other GO Bargains.” It already seems to quite popular.


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