I usually like Carmenere because it's so distinctive and I can always tell when it's given to me blind. That said, usually it's just okay. But this wine was much better than okay! Wild berry, plum, spice, everything I love about Carmenere but no green pepper notes and the smoky-meaty characteristic that sometimes overwhelms a Carmenere was very subtle - the fruit and spice were the key characteristics coming through here. Balanced and smooth tannins, good acidity, lovely finish. Great with food but I'd drink on its own, too.