365 Days of Wine
Another $12 winner
February 24, 2010
A nice suggestion from my bud McGovern at Central Market. Falrenia Carmenere Syrah Reserva 2006, Chile, $12. Weird that the Syrah, and the Carmenere from the same winery are three bucks a bottle more!
A meaty, almost bacon nose, with dark lush fruits. A hint of blueberry and spice. The palate is a bit viscous and thick, with a definite roasted meat, green pepper, blueberry and red fruit, with a cocoa touch and decent acids to keep it mostly in balance. The downside is the distinct green bell pepper flavor that I find is all too prevalent in Chile wines, and a flavor I don't really care for. For the price, forgive it this one sin, especially with food. Hell if you have green bell pepper in the food it would probably disappear.
A nice alternative to Rhone wines, with that bright New World fruit so many customers like. For a cool Wednesday night, and not a lot of coin, it worked great.
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Rob Moshein, Austin Wine Guy