Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: *** $$ Arboleda Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Carmenere is one of the less-frequently encountered Bordeaux varietals in the world of dry red wines.  This pure-bred version hails from Chile and has been aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak.  It has been cellared and is now being tasted seven years from vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is Arboleda Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Dark magenta, still purple edges, and opaque from an inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows bold, deep, purple-black ink.  From the aroma, seems like this will be primary and boldly inky.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, with big, bold blue-black ink hitting the palate, sliding out across your tongue into the corners of your mouth.  Full dark fruit, with light acids and tannins, remaining sleek and deep into the quick, clean finish. 

In summary: Overall, thick, languid experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.   The closest match I've had to this before was my own basement-brewed petite sirah from Lodi.  Wine Advocate awarded this vintage of Arboleda Carmenere a whopping 92 points earlier in its lifecycle. 

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