Full Review

Car Men Air

Car Men Air
2016 Grand Reserve, Carmenere, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99

Car Men Air
2016 Grand Reserve, Carmenere, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ruby black color. Roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted pomegranate and nuts, singed dark chocolate, and gherkin with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of roasted beets and yams, smoked nuts, and cedar plank with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A spot-on smoky carmenere that will be great with grilled fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Savory, Oaky & New World
Aroma Aroma: roasted pomegranate and nuts, singed dark chocolate, and gherkin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of roasted beets and yams, smoked nuts, and cedar plank
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spot-on smoky carmenere that will be great with grilled fare.

The Producer

Terraustral Wine Company

The Producer
Hernando de Aguirre
Providencia Santiago, 1915
Chile
56 -22 679 0600

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Carmenere

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Carmenère is a red wine produced from the eponymous variety in Chile. It was originally thought to be Merlot that was brought over from Bordeaux in the 19th century, but in the mid-1990s, research proved it was not Merlot, but indeed Carmenère, which had been thought of as extinct.

Top examples originate from the warm Maipo and Colchagua valleys in Chile; the wines are medium- to medium-full in body and offer red cherry fruit along with distinct pepper, tobacco and brown spice aromas and flavors. While early versions were rather bitter, recent examples have displayed great balance and refinement.

Enjoy Carmenère between three to seven years after the vintage date in most cases. The wines pair well with most red meats and are especially enjoyable with heartier fare, such as grilled meats and game.