Full Review

Chocalan

Chocalan
2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14% RS: .36%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
Best Buy

Chocalan
2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14% RS: .36%
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of baked fruits and nuts, minty herbs, and dark caramelized nuts with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish imparting accents of boysenberry preserves, smoked tea and tobacco, and cedar and earth with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A nice combination of fruit, smoke, and earth here.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Quaffable & Savory
Aroma Aroma: baked fruits and nuts, minty herbs, and dark caramelized nuts
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of boysenberry preserves, smoked tea and tobacco, and cedar and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Brisket, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice combination of fruit, smoke, and earth here.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

The Producer
Clorinda Willshaw 559
Las Condes, Santiago 7550000
Chile
-+562 24374764

Their Portfolio

88 Chocalan 2015 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $12.00.
83 Chocalan 2015 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Maipo Valley (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
86 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
95 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $29.00.
93 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $29.00.
94 Chocalan 2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $57.00.
86 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
91 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
90 Chocalan 2018 Origen Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
84 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
83 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, San Antonio 14% (Chile) $18.00.
88 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2015 Vitrum Premium Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $27.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $65.00.

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.