Nice Carmenere!

I’ve had this $16.98 2013 Santa Carolina Family Reserve Carmenere in my cellar for many years. The other night I finished a Carmenere from Washington state, and had a jonesing for some more Carm. Went digging around in the depths of the Southern Cone section of the cellar and pulled out this plum. Even with over five years of age, it was pretty tight upon opening, so I decanted it and let it breathe for a bit. Substantial improvement after an hour. Super earthy nose. Bone dry astringency in the mouth. Really mellows with more time to breathe. Mild fruit. Oaky finish. Nice Carmenere!

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