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Casas del Toqui

Casas del Toqui
2016 Barrel Series , Carmenère, Cachapoal Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$17.99
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Casas del Toqui
2016 Barrel Series , Carmenère, Cachapoal Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Dull garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of toasty blueberry handpie, grilled veggies, eucalyptus, and violet with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, amusing, medium-length finish that presents touches of grilled watermelon and grenadine with medium, silky tannins and no oak flavor. A silky Carmenère with a touch of sweetness; perfect for spicy fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: toasty blueberry handpie, grilled veggies, eucalyptus, and violet
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of grilled watermelon and grenadine
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spicy Barbecue, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky Carmenère with a touch of sweetness; perfect for spicy fare.

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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.