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Carmen Carmenere

Wine Review: 2011 Carmen Carmenere Apalta Colchagua Valley, Chile The Carménère varietal has gradually been picking up steam in the American market, and this is a good thing. Move over Merlot and make way for curiously captivating Carmenère. (more…)

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2008 Santa Rita Carmenere

Wine Review: 2008 Santa Rita Carmenere Medalla Real Single Estate, Colchagua Valley, Chile This Carménère represents the Colchagua Valley well, offering up an accurate sense of place with a wonderful expression of the varietal. Carménère to me has an exceptional depth and complexity that seems to go beyond that of Merlot to which it is […]

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2008 Santa Rita Triple C Maipo Valley

Wine Review: 2008 Santa Rita Triple C, Maipo Valley, Chile My relationship with Santa Rita wines goes back a long way. In the late 80’s there used to be a late night diner in downtown Boston that served food till midnight or later and drinks sometimes later than they should. Consequently, many restaurant kitchen staff […]

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Wine Review: 2011 Porta Carmenere Reserva Chile

Considered the county’s signature grape, Chile grows roughly 22,000 acres of Carmenere. The grape itself produces very deep, darkly colored wines with rich, ripe flavors. This wine certainly fits the profile. It will remind you of a red velvet cake with a captivating spicy mid-palate leading to a smooth, long finish. The Quality-to-Price-Ratio (QPR) is […]

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Wine Review: 2011 Viña Ventisquero Grey Single Block Chile Carménère

This wine comes from the same region (Maipo Valley) that started my love affair with Chilean wines. It all started with a 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon purchased at Back Bay Liquors on Boylston Street in Boston many years ago.  Many years later, when I sold wine for a retailer (seems like a different lifetime), I moved […]

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2011 Montes Outer Limits Zapallar Vineyard Aconcagua Valley Chile Pinot Noir

The Outer Limits label from the Zapallar Vineyard Aconcagua Valley in Chile is a new project from Aurielo Montes who has been one of my favorite wine producers for quite some time now. That being said, this Pinot Noir is one of the best South American offerings of that varietal I have tasted to date. […]

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