Curico Valley, Chile; 13.5% ABV
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 April
On the last day of the sale (for those stores open on Easter), EHL commented on this wine:
Upon opening, the wine was a brilliant dark ruby-purple color, with a muted nose that didn’t open for about an hour, whereupon it revealed notes of blackberry, black cherry, tar, leather and espresso in both aroma and flavor.
There was also a vegetal element, that distinctly reminded me of the RLT Cabs. In fact, this wine really tastes remarkably similar to the those smooth and memorable South African Cabs.
I very much enjoyed this medium/full-bodied wine, that was nicely balanced with fruit, acid and tannins working in harmony, providing an inviting sweet and savory contrast. As to the finish, it was lingering and marked by a peppery, spicy aftertaste.
For the price of “Two-Buck Chuck,” you can get this substantive wine which received a “Silver Medal and Best Buy” designation from the Beverage Tasting Institute. While not a stunner, the ’11 Echeverria Carmenere delivers a lot of punch for the pennies and is perfect for a daily quaffer.
I picked up a case… and there are still about 10 cases left, which even post-sale presents quite the bargain!
I agree! I finally got to my bottle, probably too late for me to go back and get more, sale or not. My notes were: Full-bodied, darker boysenberry / blackberry, plum, darker red cherries, green bell pepper, a little tar / black pepper and caramelly earth. Slightly rough straight out of the decanter, but smooths out very nicely in the glass. Very nice now, after about 75 minutes in a decanter, but should hold on fine for the next year or two.
The saved half bottle (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) was, if anything, better. It still needed about 45 minutes in the glass, but then was darker and richer than on the first night.