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Paso Grande

Paso Grande
2018 Reservado, Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7.99
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Paso Grande
2018 Reservado, Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Violet color. Inviting, fruity aromas of juicy plum, kirsch, dried leaves, and vanilla with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length creme caramel, toasted pound cake, marinated strawberries, cascara, and cafe latte finish. A tasty Carmenere with big fruit balanced by roasty notes of dark caramel and coffee.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: juicy plum, kirsch, dried leaves, and vanilla
Taste Flavor: creme caramel, toasted pound cake, marinated strawberries, cascara, and cafe latte
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty Carmenere with big fruit balanced by roasty notes of dark caramel and coffee.

The Producer

Bronco Wine Company

The Producer
33 Harlow Court
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-346-6025

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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.