2004 Viña Echeverría Carmenère Central Valley Reserva

Carmenère is an interesting grape. It started out as primarily a blending grape in France, but kinda’ fell out of favour… until the folks in Chile recently started putting it into a starring role. Folks down there like Errazuriz and these folks really do it justice.

And what’s this wine like? Well, it’s a jammy mix of ripe juicy plums and dark berries as well as some coffee and tobacco, which finishes with a slightly earthy edge – that pretty much sums up both the nose and the flavours.

What I’d really like to note is how this wine explodes in the mouth with its ripe fruit and coffee flavours Wow. It’s like sitting on a patio with a waft of cigar smoke while enjoying a mouthful of black cherry and blackberry juice followed by a sip of espresso. Yum.

Kirk at Kitsilano Wine Cellars pointed me toward this wine. Thanks Kirk!

Great stuff for the money.

$23 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars