Monday, February 8, 2010

**+ $ Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review, April, 2009: More and more wines from Maipo Valley in Chile are making their way into the United States in recent months. Classic Bordeaux varietals such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot are frequent arrivals from these valleys, which are surrounded by the Andes mountains. Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, is a value-priced offering from this area.

Color of Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon is an even medium ruby red. Aromas are light and fruity, with hints of fresh laundry.

On the palate, bright acids mix with red berry fruits and touch the roof of your mouth first. The wine then finishes quickly and with a pronounced acidic wrap-up. Pleasant enough, but not much in the way of distinctiveness, nor layers of depth. Two stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale.

The lightness and acids would make this better as a food wine than as a sipping wine. A year or two in bottle might smooth Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon a bit, but it is not ready for long aging.
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Updated review, 10 months later, February, 2010, now four years from vintage date:  Fruity nose is still there - seems sweet!  On the palate, the berries and acids are still there, but there is a smoother touch of leather coming in too.  Add a plus for this improved balance and accessibility. Makes this a decent value.

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