Full Review

Paso Grande

Paso Grande
2019 Special Selection, Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7.99
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Paso Grande
2019 Special Selection, Carmenère, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
Indigo color. Earthy aromas and flavors of salted nuts, cassis preserves, red plum, dried cherry, pencil shavings, and coffee with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents touches of tobacco with moderate oak flavor. A table-friendly, dry and oaky red for pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: salted nuts, cassis preserves, red plum, dried cherry, pencil shavings, and coffee
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A table-friendly, dry and oaky red for pairings.

The Producer

Terraustral Wine Company

The Producer
Hernando de Aguirre
Providencia Santiago, 1915
Chile
56 -22 679 0600

Their Portfolio

87 Artesania 2020 Gran Reserva, Carmenere, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.00.
90 Car Men Air 2018 Carmenere, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $12.99.
88 Castillo Del Lago 2019 Premium, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
91 Denada 2018 Grand Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.00.
88 Gran Maestre 2020 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $8.00.
88 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
86 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
87 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Merlot, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
86 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley 12.5% (Chile) $7.99.
86 Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection Rosé, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
BR Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection, Chardonnay, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99. - Bronze Medal
86 PASO LOS VALLES 2019 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $7.00.
92 PKNT 2018 Private Reserve Estate Grown, Carmenère, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.99.
88 PKNT 2018 Private Reserve Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.99.
BR PKNT 2018 Private Reserve Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
89 PKNT 2019 Private Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
87 PKNT 2019 Private Reserve, Carmenère, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $7.00.
88 Tripantu 2018 Reserve, Carmenère, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.99.
89 Tripantu 2018 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.99.
89 Tripantu 2018 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.99.
87 Tripantu 2018 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.99.
89 Tripantu 2019 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $7.00.

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.