AG Pick Under $15: 2005 El Toqui Carmenere Reserva

For a great tasting red wine at a great price, you can’t beat Carmenère from Chile.  With many delicious bottles that cost less than $15, Carmenère is one of the best values in wine right now.

El Toqui Carmenere ReservaIf you love big and juicy red wines with a kick of pepper and spice, you’ll want to try the 2005 El Toqui Carmenère Reserva.  It’s so full of flavor that you won’t believe it only costs around $11.

Carmenère was originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, though today it’s rare to find it in France.  The varietal was brought over to Chile, which now produces the majority of Carmenère wine in the world.

El Toqui Carmenère Reserva comes from the Rapel Valley in central Chile.  It’s deep brilliant purple in color, with aromas of red berries and black pepper.  The taste is an exciting mix of earth and fruit.  Ripened red cherries and plum are supported by zesty flavors of black pepper and tobacco.  A fleshy tannic structure gives way to a long, fruit-filled finish.  Serve this with grilled meat, game or pasta.

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