Santa Carolina Carmenere
The Central Valley of Chile is a large growing region that consists of four main sub-regions – the Curico Valley, Maipo Valley, Rapel Valley, and Maule Valley. There are many different varietals grown in these regions, just a few being Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Pinot Noir. I recently tried a Carmenere from the Rapel Valley, a 2009 produced by Santa Carolina. This winery is one of a group of about a dozen wineries that produce close to 90 % of the Chilean wine exported to the United States. Santa Carolina has been making since 1875, and the original warehouse built for the winery was declared a national monument in 1973. The 2009 Reserva Carmenere I tried was an excellent wine, it had a deep purple color, along with aromas of ripe black fruit along with a little earthiness. It had smooth tannins on the finish along with hints of black berry. It was a nice glass of wine, and it paired well with the grilled steak I had along with it. I always enjoy a good glass of Carmenere, and this was definitely among the best I have tried.
Chilean Winery Cono Sur is starting a summer campaign encouraging consumers to drink chilled Pinot Noir. Although it’s not a wine that you would normally drink chilled, it might not be a bad idea. There’s nothing liked chilled wine in the summer…