La Playa Carmenere 2020 (Colchagua Valley, Chile)
Did you know that Carmenere was thought to be a lost varietal after phylloxera wiped out most of the vines in its native France? Up until 1994 most of Chile's vines were thought to be Merlot, until a scientist noticed that some plants were ripening slower and thus "rediscovered" Carmenere. The varietal thrives in Chile, producing wines with dense, lush palates that can stand up to its half sibling Cabernet Sauvignon, and presents friendlier tannins.
We get ripe blueberries, lots of earth, warm woody notes and just a hint of green peppercorn. It finishes as a well-rounded, ripe and juicy red wine that will pair with everything you could ever want to grill.
Food ideas: grilled steak (or seasoned tempeh) and bell pepper fajitas, pao de queijo (Brazilian cheesy poofs), Portobello burgers, roasted beet and farro salad
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