Some of the most inhospitable lands provide some of the most wonderful wines. That is true of this Chilean carmenere which comes from the Aconcagua Valley, a semi-desert region between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean north of Santiago.
Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870 and brought in grapes from France. Drip irrigation combats the hot summer days and cool ocean breezes help ripen the fruit, which is fermented with the skins for up to a month and aged a year in French oak. The result is a big, dense, dark wine that is best enjoyed after ample breathing time.
Sherry: “Dry, tannic black cherry with cassis and plum.” (3 stars out of 5)
Chris: “Leather and blackberry bouquet with smoky plum and blackberry flavor and long tannins.” (3.5 stars out of 5)
Available from $15 to $18.
Coming next week: White XS