By Chris and Sherry Hardie
The signature red wine of Chile is starting to show up on more labels, a positive trend as we’ve always enjoyed this lost grape from the Bordeaux.
The grapes were imported to South America in the 1850s and were mislabeled as merlot for many years until DNA testing in the 1990s rediscovered the variety. Recently some vines have been planted in California, so we may see domestic carmenere (car-min-yehr) in a few years.
This wine comes from the Rapel Valley of Chile. It opens with notes of plum and smoke and reveals red fruit and pepper. It’s a bit harsh on the back end, but goes well with food.
Sherry: “Full-bodied and very dry with black cherry and pepper.” 3 stars
Chris: “Smoky plum, cherry and pepper.” 3 stars
Available locally for about $8.
Coming next week: Starling Castle Red