Full Review

Axel

Axel
2020 Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.35%
Certified Sustainable
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$17

Axel
2020 Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.35%
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of pickled peppers and cherry juice, charred vegetables, red and purple flowers, and spearmint with a silky, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of red and black fruits marinated in giardiniera, dried red flower potpourri, cigar box, and cilantro with well-integrated, medium, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A great red wine to serve with grilled carnes asada fajitas with blistered red peppers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: pickled peppers and cherry juice, charred vegetables, red and purple flowers, and spearmint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of red and black fruits marinated in giardiniera, dried red flower potpourri, cigar box, and cilantro
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great red wine to serve with grilled carnes asada fajitas with blistered red peppers.

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.