Earthy & Spicy
If you don't like Carmenere, don't jump in to this one. While it's a blend, and the fruit is great with a good structure, the Carmenere comes right through. The smoky and spicy nature of the Carmenere is great here, and, for my taste, the berry fruit of the Syrah is a winner. We like this for a good 'anytime is the right time' wine. Just a bit expensive for the every day wine - but we'd use it for that if we could! Also, we picked it up on sale for $16 - and I wouldn't go higher than that. There are better values out there unless it's on a good sale.
Big & Bold
Another value red from a good producer in Chile. Nice nose, moderate tannins, and lingering finish.
A bit rough. Can do better for the same price.
After opening the third bottle of this wine I believe I can honestly say this vintage has gone bad. It has a pungent somewhat rotten bouquet and an acrid flavor that no amount of breathing can tame.
This wine tasted very bitter to me. I tried to drink later, but the initial fruit flavors were still overpowered by spicy floral notes.