Chilean Carménère has quite some fandom around the world, and for consumers who enjoy this particular variety, it´s all about the earthy notes and spiciness that make this wine so interesting. The most famous area for this grape is the broader Rapel appellation; however, for their Gran Reserva, Casas del Bosque sources the grapes from longtime growers located in the more specific Cachapoal Valley, where the most highly commended and awarded Carménères come from.
The 2022 Gran Reserva Carménère in particular comes from Almahue town in the prestigious Peumo appellation. A particularly warm growing season results in a ripe, concentrated wine.
This wine from a warmer vintage shows an important aromatic and flavor concentration. On the nose, the typically minted notes of the grape combine with floral aromas (violets), denoting an elegant primary expression. On the mouth the weight and volume of the wine is noticeable; it enters the palate and expands giving the sensation of taking all the space available. It is persistent and long, with fine and non-angular tannins.
Ideally served at 60-65ºF, this wine is a favorite with traditional Chilean cuisine featuring onions, sweet peppers and raisins. It also pairs extremely well with savory dishes containing soy sauce and including pork, duck or vegetables. Cheeses with a hint of sweetness such as Gruyere. A winemaker favorite is pork stew cooked with aromatic herbs. Great pairing for mint-based sauces.
Past vintage reviews:
2020 – 90 pts Vinous
2019 – 90 pts James Suckling