You’re going to need a bigger glass. Not just because you’ll want to drink more of this wine, but because it shows much better in a glass with a large bowl. Though the carmenère grape in this Chilean wine originally came from Bordeaux (as does the parent wine company, Barons
This wine is made with grapes grown in one particular block of the coastal vineyards of Chile’s Maipo Valley, and this winery tells us this vineyard is drip-irrigated from its own deep wells. The wine has fairly intense aromas which emphasize nice dark-red, even purple fruit. There are earthy, leather
Plum, blackberries, and green pepper come out on the nose. Blackberry dominates on the palate, with brambles, coffee, and green pepper. It is young and a bit angular, with gritty tannins. Drink with flatiron steak. Recommended. 87 points. DBH WHO: Dos Almas WHAT: Carmenere WHEN: 2015 DESIGNATION: Gran Reserva WHERE:
Blackberry, plum, and green pepper show on the nose. Blackberry shows on the palate as well, with some cassis and green pepper. Red fruit joins on the mid-palate, adding a raspberry zing. It is firm, and slightly angular. The touch of green is very typical for a Maipo Valley Cabernet.
The color is pale, with barely a hint of color. The nose offers a blend of topical fruits and citrus fruits, pineapple, white grapefruit, and lime. Grapefruit and lime dominate on the palate, with leafy leafy herbs going through. Lime pith shows on the finish. Drink with fried fish. Recommended.
Loads of baking spices make up the nose. On the palate, plums are followed by black cherries, baking spice and cinnamon by menthol and mint. Pencil lead and espresso ground the wine. Rich, complex, offering a myriad of highs and lows, this would pair beautifully with peppercorn steak. Recommended. 88
Black currant and plums waft up on the nose. The palate offers black fruit and vanilla with dusty tannins. Drink with bistecca fiorentina. Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH WHO: Alcance WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon WHEN: 2014 DESIGNATION: Gran Reserva WHERE: Valle del Maule, Chile HOW MUCH: $18 (media sample) POINTS: 90
Deep black fruits with green olive come through on the nose. The palate is true to the nose, as blackberry and mulberry, nutmeg and cinnamon, and olive all run through their paces. Tannins are soft. This is a very good and very typical Chilean Carmenere. Drink with churrasco with cilantro.