So this one is more what I had in mind when I started looking for a house red. Put it in a decanter and many tasters will think this wine is 3 or 4 times more expensive than it is. This is probably because Carmenere is not as well known as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It could also be that the cost of production in Chile is quite a bit less than in most other fine winemaking regions. Whatever the reason, go to your local Trader Joe’s and check out this smokin’ value.
ManiÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±a Vineyards, Carmenere, Maipo Valey, Chile 2004 ($6) – Dark purple in color with aromas of black currant, spice and vanilla. Soft blackberry, black pepper and gun-metal flavors with moderate tannins. A very smooth and satisfying Carmenere that might just become my new house red.
Natural cork closure