Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva 2007

a blend of 90% carmenere and 10% cabernet sauvignon, this fun red from chile is a real pleaser for me. beautifully complex nose with aromas of blackberry, spice, some nice tobacco notes and a little coffee. the palate is full of dark fruit, like blackberry and black currant, with lots of spice at mid-palate and in the finish. almost a minty finish to this. good firm tannins. there is also some sour black cherry notes and a little chocolate on the palate as well. selling for about $14, this wine begs for a filet mignon or a red sauce pasta dish. nice, big, fruity red.

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