Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $$ Veramonte Primus, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2007 (GOOD VALUE)

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Chile is certainly becoming a go-to location for cabernet sauvignon and other classic, blood-red varietals and today we are trying one of the most popular Chilean red blends, Veramonte Primus.

Original tasting and review, June, 2011: This is Veramonte Primus, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2007, a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 20% syrah, 8% merlot and 7% carmenere, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Veramonte Primus is opaque black/burgundy, with light passing only a quarter inch from the glass edge, with overtones of both purple and brick at the edge. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deeply ripe plums, plus a blood-orange type citrus element and deep blue fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold and deep. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft and deep blackberry on the palate, with a quickly following charcoal brightness.  Soft pepper spices carry a somewhat acid flush along with more modest tannins into a brighter blackberry finish. 

In summary: Overall, a bold, high-alcohol, big red experience that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Wants to be tried again following a decant.

Following decant, three hours at room temperature in flat-bottomed decanter:  The unique, bold nose comes through unchanged.  The palate knits together pleasantly now,  bringing the soft, spicy fruit together with the acids and tannins into a pleasant overall experience.  Gets an additional plus on its three stars for the integration, and becomes a good value. And even longer decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Yum, still that bold intriguing aroma.  Well-integrated, and still nicely knit.  Holding up well to air - I'd expect the same with more time in bottle.
 Updated review, over a year later, August, 2012:  Still deep magenta, but not quite opaque.  Consistent nose.  Very interesting blend of blood orange and blue.  Absolutely solid palate, still showing the combination of fragrant spices, charcoal and blackberry.  Holding its age quite well.

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