Carmenère is considered the "lost Bordeaux" variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for the Bordeaux climate. Thankfully, the Carmenère variety was imported to Chile where it not only survives (because of a longer growing season), but makes exceptionally good wines.
Made from 100% Carmenere grapes.
Great wine, great price. Smooth and goes great with fish or steak.
I'm NOT a fan of carmenere, over-all, as it always tends to have a very distinctive green bell pepper note to it, and I can't help but think 'flaw' when I taste that. I've had enough carmenere's over time to realize it's the grape and not any kind of flaw upon the wine making process. This particular one is quite strong with the green pepper, but trying not to be completely biased in my own personal likes and dislikes this is still a solid wine and good example of an affordable carmenere. It'd be better if the fruit could combat the bell pepper a bit more and if the finish wasn't quite as soft. Regardless, really good food wine. If you're like me and don't like the green bell pepper either avoid this wine OR make sure you server it with rich tasting foods and avoid salads.