Full Review

Chocalan

Chocalan
2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Certified Sustainable
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Chocalan
2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Black violet color. Aromas of raspberry leaf, baked cranberry tart, roasted parsnip, pine, and charcoal with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length baking chocolate and graphite finish. Flavor runs deep in this minerally Chilean red that will be a great match for casual Latin fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: raspberry leaf, baked cranberry tart, roasted parsnip, pine, and charcoal
Taste Flavor: baking chocolate and graphite
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Steak Fajitas, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Flavor runs deep in this minerally Chilean red that will be a great match for casual Latin fare.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

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

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.