Budget Wine: Explorador Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

explorador carmenereJust  a really fun wine from Concha Y Toro, the very  large South American producer that makes everything from bottom shelf sippers to the age-worthy Don Melchor Cab.

Some funky earth and characteristic, Carmenere wild herbs compliment the dark berries on the nose, which also shows vanilla from prominent oak. There is obvious wood on the medium-bodied palate as well with firm, grippy tannins, finishing with a compelling mineral seam. The hint of sweetness up front doesn’t detract from the structure and the inherent rustic overtones of Carmenere which set this apart from other supermarket wines.

An interesting wine for the price.

Tamed but with an irrepressible wild streak, like Pink “Raise Your Glass”

Score: 87

Price: $8

Alc 13.5%

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