2004 Carmen Winemaker’s Reserve Red – Maipo Valley, Chile

Slightly vegetal green hints are clear tell-tales of wine from Chile, but they do not overwhelm the nose. It also has loads of menthol, black fruit, and a touch of coconut. Blackberries, menthol, tobacco and green pepper are bound by tight tannins. The second night, it still shows telltale Chile-green. Tannins are smoother but the additional time brought the wood, rather than the fruit, to come to the fore. Vanilla and brown sugar overwhelm blackberries and blueberries in a green pepper cup. Not recommended.

WHO: Viña Carmen
WHAT: Cabernet sauvignon, Carménère, Petite sirah, Merlot
WHERE: Maipo Valley, Chile
WHEN: 2004
HOW MUCH: $44 (Media Sample)
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