Value Red from Chile: Terra Andina 2007 Carmenère

Ah ¡Carmenère! While it may be one of the “six noble grapes of Bordeaux” it is really THE signature grape of Chile. It is also usually a great value. If you are looking for a great, yet cheap red wine from Chile, start with the Carmenère.

I found this Carmenère at my local wine merchant and was astounded at the bargain price of $7.99 a bottle(!) Olé! I served this one at a post-thanksgiving meal with the whole clan from Mrs. Barbarian’s side of the family. (Full details of the holiday meals & wine coming soon, once we’re off the Value Reds From Chile Theme.) This one is young, being from 2007, but remember Chile is always two seasons ahead of us. It drank as a prototypical Chilean Carmenère usually does, strong fruit nose upon opening of the bottle, and in the glass. Inky dark in the glass. Earthy on the palate and a lingering finish. It was very popular around our table and went fast. An amazing value for under $10!

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