Wine: Arenal Carmenere
Producer: Vina Peralillo
Region: Chile>Central Valley>Rapel Valley>Colchagua Valley
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Date tasted: 10/17/13
Place tasted: Maple yellow leaves crashed to the earth marking the end of their befuddled journey; they are today's cat toy of choice. A copper bird hung in a barren apricot tree, still sadly green with hope. In new twilight where sun and moon argued over who gets the sky, I gazed into all that is Autumn and felt a calm sense of gratitude for birth, death, all the fun little cat toys in between; and life, that which carries us one fascinating dimension to the next without end. I took one sip and then another until the full moon won the sky.
Served with: Chocolate cherry fudge brownies topped with ganache…mmm! Would go well with grilled red meats, hearty cheeses, herby Italian red sauces, Bask style eggplant or ratatouille, lamb, duck, venison and other game meats….and of course, dark chocolate!
Appearance: A dense ruby glow with subtle violet refractions swim in her pool; and the chorus line of meaty muscular legs that move in perfect unison down the sides of your glass give her quite a sexy edge.
On the snoot: Aromas of dark cherry and rich blackberry dance naked in clouds of cotton candy. The snoot alone will guide you to your happy place.
Taste: Dark jammy fruit forward with hints of cardamom and cocoa. On the finish a touch of cedar embraces soft well rounded tannins.
Balance: She's sports a nice medium balance with no sticky residual sugars and no one element overpowering the other.
Comments: A very satisfying journey from snoot to finish; complex but not challenging; tasty and highly drinkable. Let her breathe a while before imbibing, then sip your way to a better day ;)
Rating: 3.8 tipsys