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ARBOLEDA 2009 CARMENERE VALLE DE COLCHAGUA CHILE
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By Josh Raynolds in Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June '11: Dark purple. Pungent dark berry and herb scents show a slight green character. Firm and on the dry side, offering concentrated blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of dark chocolate. I like this wine's structure and focus but would like more give. Finishes with solid grip and a late note of candied licorice. Give this some air if you're planning on drinking it any time soon.
Carmenere is a relative of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and used to be one of the major grapes in Bordeaux. Now Carmenere is planted predominantly in Chile, where its similarity to Merlot led some growers to believe it was in fact a clone of Merlot. Carmenere in Chile produces reds of medium body, with flavors that are reminiscent of Cabernet Sauvignon, and pairs well with foods that like Cabernet. Carmenere is sensitive as to ripeness; picking too early can show assertive flavors of green pepper.
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