Sunday, March 7, 2010

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2007

It's been a few years since I tasted Carmenere.  If I remember right, it was a take it or leave it, nothing special, too many other fine wines, don't shop for wine.  My last review confirmed that feeling, but in a very serious attempt to expand a lazy palate I purchased a few different labels to compare.
The first was disappointing. Not that the wine was god awful bad, but it was not was I expected from what I was reading about Carmenere. It lacked the dark fruit and the balance.
Tonight I opened a second choice, The Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha 2007.  This is what I expected. 
Concha y Toro,  the largest producer of wines from Latin America and one of the global leaders, is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.  Concha y Toro produces several different wine styles including a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes the Maule Valley. They also produce a barrel fermented Chardonnay and a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon named after the winery's founder, Don Melchor. The Carmemere comes from the historic Peumo vineyards situated above to north bank of the Rapel Valley's Cachapoal River.
The aromas of dark plums, red cherry and blueberry with a hint of tobacco and coffee is what I was reading about. Add a little spice with some vanilla on the palate and a  long smooth finish to make one excellent wine.
This Carmenere will pair equally well with steak, burgers or a pasta covered with a rich tomato sauce. It is also an excellent wine to just sip and enjoy while relaxing.  I cut up some extra sharp cheddar and enjoyed every bite and every sip.  My purchase price was $20 and well worth it.
My next Carmenere is also from Concha y Toro.  Just maybe I found what I was looking for.  Time and a few more Carmenere wines will tell!!!


Hampers said...

Thanks for sharing the review of Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2007. Will put this bottle to test and see if it taste well.

WineMiser said...

On the Lower end, the Casillero Del Diablo is decente around $9.