Full Review

Axel

Axel
2018 Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Sustainable Agriculture
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$17

Axel
2018 Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Garnet black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled tomato, watermelon, cherry jam, and paprika with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of chocolate-covered cherries, raisins, candied citrus peels, and green tomato with light oak flavor. A smoky, earthy Chilean red for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: grilled tomato, watermelon, cherry jam, and paprika
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of chocolate-covered cherries, raisins, candied citrus peels, and green tomato
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smoky, earthy Chilean red for the table.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
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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.