Full Review

Quasar

Quasar
2016 Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: .3%
Sustainable Farming-Demeter Certified
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.90
Best Buy

Quasar
2016 Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: .3%
Dusty garnet color. Vegetal, smoky aromas and flavors of barbecue pork, charred green pepper, and blackberry soda with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, crisp finish that exhibits notes of tar, dried rose petal, pickled hot pepper, and spiced nuts with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A unmistakable Carmenère for summer barbecues.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Funky, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: barbecue pork, charred green pepper, and blackberry soda
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of tar, dried rose petal, pickled hot pepper, and spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Pork, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A unmistakable Carmenère for summer barbecues.

The Producer

Viña Echeverria Ltda.

The Producer
Las Condes Malaga 50 Oficina 22
Santiago,
Chile
56 -223425358

Their Portfolio

87 Casa Sol 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $30.00.
83 Casa Sol 2016 Semi-Sweet Frizzante, Moscato, Curico Valley 9.5% (Chile) $20.00.
88 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.90.
88 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $9.90.
90 Echeverria 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.90.
93 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
88 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
83 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Syrah, Aconcagua Valley 14% (Chile) $12.90.
93 Echeverria 2014 Family Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Echeverria 2012 Founder’s Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $40.00.
85 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Chardonnay, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
85 Echeverria 2016 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Echeverria 2016 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.00.
89 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
88 Echeverria 2015 Propuesta Red Blend, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
84 Echeverria 2015 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
88 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $17.00.
89 Echeverria 2015 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
87 Echeverria 2013 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $29.90.
88 Echeverria 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
86 Echeverria 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
86 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
87 Echeverria 2016 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
87 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
86 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Syrah, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
85 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $16.00.
87 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
90 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $15.00.
86 Echeverria 2017 Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley 13.5% (Chile) $16.00.
91 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
93 Echeverria 2016 Family Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $25.00.
88 Echeverria 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $30.00.
90 Echeverria 2014 Founder’s Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $50.00.
85 Echeverria 2017 Frizzante, Moscato, Curico Valley 9.5% (Chile) $17.00.
92 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $20.00.
93 Echeverria 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $40.00.
84 Nina Brut NV Sparkling, Curico Valley 12.5% (Chile) $9.90.
90 Quasar 2015 Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $6.90.
84 Quasar 2015 Selection, Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $6.90.
88 Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.90.
92 Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.90.
84 Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.90.
88 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $14.90.
92 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.90.
88 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Syrah, Aconcagua Valley 14% (Chile) $14.90.
89 Quasar 2015 Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $14.90.
88 Quasar 2016 Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $8.90.
91 Quasar 2016 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $15.00.
90 Quasar 2015 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
88 Quasar 2015 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
92 Quasar 2015 Limited Edition, Syrah, Aconcagua Valley 14.5% (Chile) $19.90.
84 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Pinot Noir, Malleco Valley 13.5% (Chile) $19.90.
86 Quasar 2012 Perfecto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $29.90.
90 Quasar 2012 Perfecto, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $29.90.
85 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $19.90.
87 Quasar 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.00.
89 Quasar 2017 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.00.
92 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $20.00.
86 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $20.00.
94 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $20.00.
86 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $25.00.
89 Quasar 2017 Limited Edition, Pinot Noir, Malleco Valley 13.5% (Chile) $25.00.
90 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $25.00.
92 Quasar 2014 Perfecto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $40.00.
93 Quasar 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $80.00.
86 Quasar 2017 Late Harvest Limited Edition, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $20.00.
86 Quasar 2018 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $15.00.
84 Quasar 2017 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $20.00.
92 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $20.00.
92 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $30.00.
87 Roger 1930 2016 Roberto Double Oak, Carmenère, Colchagua Valley 14% (Chile) $40.00.
90 Roger 1930 2015 Roberto Limited Lot Ultra-Premium, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $70.00.
86 Roger 1930 2014 Founder’s Selection Icon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $120.00.
91 Sanhattan 2015 City Flame, Syrah, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $40.00.
88 Sanhattan 2016 City Lights Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $35.00.
90 Sanhattan 2016 City Lights Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $35.00.
84 Sanhattan 2016 City Flame, Syrah, Elqui Valley 14.5% (Chile) $30.00.
85 Sanhattan 2017 City Special, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $25.00.

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.