Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

Chilean Carmenère

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Casa Silva Reserve Carmenere (2010)
Comments: Mid-depth bordeaux color. The vibrantly fresh nose of this wine sings of Carmenère! Soy, tomato leaf, spice cake and a whiff roasted green bell pepper meld together. The tannins are soft and caressing and the acidity is popping, making this an easily enjoyed red. Some heat shows through on the modest finish, which is most distracting when sipped without food.
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2 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere (2010)
Comments: Deep garnet at the core, the wine lightens toward the rim. Lifted aromas waft from the glass. Sweet tobacco, mashed mulberries, bay leaf and safron mingle on the nose and incorporate stir-fried mushrooms, fresh-turned earth and aloe on the palate. The mouthfeel exhibits moderate extraction with light viscosity – just enough to make this a better food than sipping wine. There’s solid, supporting acidity. The powdery tannins show enough intensity to provide a light drying sensation on the modest finish.
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3 Calcu Carmenère (2010)
Comments: This wine is the color of morello cherries, almost to the rim. It’s lightly volatile on the nose but not unpleasantly so. This is a more structured Carmenère than the first two: the tannins are pleasantly tugging and the acidity is focused. In fact, the structure defines this wine more clearly than its aromas. The fruit smells rest reluctantly in the background, but they edged out on the palate to show pomegranate, loganberry and black currant. Quick finish.
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4 Viu Manent Carmenere Reserva Estate Collection (2010)
Comments: Profoundly crimson. Like with the Casa Silva above, the first notable thing about the nose of this wine is its freshness. Scents of cedar, açai, blueberry and creosote draw in the taster. On the palate, there is moderate extract, which creates plumpness in the mid-palate. The acidity, however, is pronounced, and the tannins lend a hand to balance with their dustiness. The elevated alcohol is obvious ,yet it does allow for a medium-minus finish.
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5 Viu Manent El Incidente Second Edition (2008)
Comments: Thoroughly maroon, this wine shows alluring smells of bacon, mulberries and spruce. There is something primary, secondary and thoroughly exotic about it. This said, it’s definitely a wine for those who enjoy oak influence. A bit heavy on the palate, the wine shows soft acidity yet the tannins show good finesse. Medium finish. This wine is unforgiving when first opened; so, do splash decant at least one hour – and preferably two – before sipping.
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