Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Terrunyo Carmenere 2002 (PB)

This is a rich, pretty garnet with youthfulness in the color right to the edges. Concha Y Toro creates this masterful wine from the Cachapoal Valley of Chile, block 27 of its Peumo Vineyard attempting to create a wine with genuine “*terroir.”

NW strolled into town recently and dropped this gift off as it was not available in my neck of the woods.

It has an intense bouquet of dark berry fruit with a little mocha and black cherries. In the mouth this wine is large, dense and almost thick brimming with finesse and flavor. Tannins are poised and balanced with aplomb.

With some breathing, the bouquet is simply gorgeous with ripe cherries and blackberries floating in the air and cedar is prevalent mid-palate right after swallowing. The finish is a little peppery, lively and just all around nice! The wine runs around $30 and it’s worth it! Raise another glass!

* Terroir–is the phenomenon, disputed by some, that a particular parcel of land on which the grapes are grown, imparts identifiable characteristics to the overall flavors and aromas of the wine unique to that parcel of land.

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