Instead, I uncorked an Arboleda Carmenère 2006 from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.First released in 1999, Arboleda wines are made from fruit grown under strict sustainable viticultural practices from their best vineyards in the most prestigious viticultural regions of Chile.
Very dark purple color with aromas of dry earth, some green pepper and pipe tobacco. Reminded me of a time when I smoked a pipe. After quitting, the pipe was kept in a desk drawer and the burnt tobacco aroma was always evident in the pipe bowl even after several years.
The palate was more of a smoother tobacco with blueberry and black currant with a dry and little spicey long finish.
Can't wait till the snow melts and I can light up the grill for a few T-bones or rib eyes. This should be a perfect pairing with the steaks. Tonight I had with a pepperoni and mushroom pizza. It wasn't that bad with the pizza, but it was not that great either. Bring on the steaks!!!
The Arboleda Carmenère 2006 was purchased locally for $19
Appellation: ChileWine pH: 3.61
Wine Acidity: 5.31 grammes per litre
Residual Sugar: 1.82 grammes per litre