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2017 Concha y Toro Del Diablo Carmenere

October 18, 2019 - Norman Bentley
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"Historically, Carmenere has been, and continues to be a difficult grape variety in the marketplace. While enlightened wine folks understand its subtlety, consumers can't figure out if it is supposed to be closer to Merlot -- it was mistaken on the vine as Merlot -- or Cabernet." ( 90 - Wilfred Wong, Wine.com) It has also been called the "forgotten grape" of Bordeaux.

The Concha y Toro Carmenere is one which I have enjoyed in the past, and I was eager to sample the 2017 vintage since I really like Carmenere. This one is both subtle and intense at the same time. The color is intense with shades of purple-red, while the nose also broadcasts an array of intense aromas, from dark berries to cedar shavings. The flavors are both intense, with jammy black fruit, as well as subtle hints of dried cherries and herbs. The finish is long and clean with mellow tannins, which linger until the next sip. The alcohol content is 13.5%, and Norm's score is 89.

We enjoyed this Carmenere with cheese and spinach tortellini in a marinara sauce alongside a fresh avocado salad, with warm sourdough bread. Quite enchanting!

score: 89

price: $9 - $12

Norm

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Available online at:

Pine Island Eagle.com

Cumming Home.com

Dawson Times.com

Also Available at AOL”s Dunwoody Patch:

Dunwoody, GA Patch

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