Full Review

Santa Isle

Santa Isle
2016 Reserve, Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .375%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99

Santa Isle
2016 Reserve, Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .375%
Dark dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas of stable floor, wild berries, dried figs and dates, eucalyptus, patchouli, and charred pastry with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length juicy mulberries, cola, rose water, licorice, pepper, and vanilla bean finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A balanced and satisfying everyday red that will be well-received at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: stable floor, wild berries, dried figs and dates, eucalyptus, patchouli, and charred pastry
Taste Flavor: juicy mulberries, cola, rose water, licorice, pepper, and vanilla bean
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced and satisfying everyday red that will be well-received at the table.

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.