Sunday, February 28, 2010

Arboleda Carmenère 2006

Wish I had a nice Canadian wine tonight so I could toast the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team on their winning of the Gold medal.  I am not an avid hockey fan, but I do watch occasionally and tonight enjoyed one of the best ever games.
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   
      Vintage: 2006
      Appellation: Chile    
      Wine pH: 3.61
      Wine Acidity: 5.31 grammes per litre
      Alcohol: 14.5%
      Residual Sugar: 1.82 grammes per litre


Shelly said...

Wasn't that a GREAT game? USA has nothing to hang their heads about. They did an awesome job the whole tournament.

I think I'm the only person who doesn't care for wine with pizza. I prefer pop. It's the only time I drink it.

The Carmenere sounds great and I bet it will go nicely with steaks. Steaks and wine is the best combo. Just brings out the flavors in both.

Stela said...

A suggestion

I hope you like them.