If you’re a regular reader of the Amateur Gastronomer, you know how much we love Chilean Carménère. The latest one we’re enjoying is the 2011 Grey Carménère from Viña Ventisquero.
This wine was made from a small harvest of grapes from a specific section of a vineyard in the coastal Maipo Valley – Block 5, in the Trinidad Vineyard. This site was selected for its unique climate and soil; the grapes grown here are marked by their concentrated flavor. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels.
The wine is deep purple red, almost black in color, and has all those inviting aromas you want in a Carménère – pepper, leather, smoke and dark berries.
While spice and earthy notes dominate the nose, it is the berry notes that come through first on the palate. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry and cassis are layered with tobacco, black pepper, wood smoke, mocha and a hint of vanilla.
This Carménère is silky in the mouth with well-integrated tannins, and a satisfying finish with lingering warm spice.
Pair the Viña Ventisquero Grey Carménère with steak, roasted or grilled pork and game meats. Decant the wine or give it time in the glass to fully enjoy it.
$24, 14% alcohol by volume