Holiday time is the perfect time to invite three Chilean wines to the party and introduce Carmenere to the crowd.
(A member of the Cabernet family of grapes, the name “Carménère” originates from the French word for crimson (carmin) which refers to the brilliant crimson color of the autumn foliage prior to leaf-fall.)
Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere, crafted by Marcelo Papa, is deep, intense red in the glass with enticing notes of ripe plums, black currants and dark chocolate. Pour this with grilled meats that have sauces with a touch of sweetness and ripe cheeses.
Castillero del Diablo Reserva Carmenere, made by Marcelo Papa, evokes a legend from the wine house that originated in the 19th century. The founder of the winery discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his greatest wines. To discourage this action, he spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), so that no one would dare go there. It worked, and a legend was born. The wine is dark purple with brooding flavors of plum, hints of coffee and oak.
Gran Reserve Serie Riberas Carmenere, produced by Marcio Ramirez, was aged for 11 months in French and American oak. The seductive selection cascades in the glass with lush aromas of cherries, black currants, blackberry with whispers of black and white pepper. Smooth tannins linger in a long finish. Enjoy this exceptional wine with duck and roast beef.