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Carmen Wines Gran Reserva Syrah 2012 Wine Review

Carmen Wines Gran Reserva Syrah 2012

Carmen Wines Gran Reserva Syrah 2012

Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2015-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Carmen

Agent: Select Wine Merchants Inc.

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Blackened fruit and lots of oak on the nose of this robust Chilean red wine. Purple and black plums and blueberries on the nose. Generous, supple and full-bodied on the palate, loaded with dark fruit flavour. Lip-smacking tasty. The 2012 vintage of the Carmen Gran Reserva Syrah was matured for 10 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels. It finishes with a hint of mint, mocha and toasty dark fruit. This is a shining example of the quality of wines now produced in the Chilean region of Apalta. Pair with grilled lamb chops.

Syrah food pairings: grilled pork chops, rare roast beef, burgers with blue cheese, spice-braised lamb, Muscovy duck.

Best Beef Wine

This Carmen Wines Gran Reserva Syrah 2012 was reviewed on September 19, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby red the nose shows meaty, herb, and black fruit notes. Big structure with great fruit concentration, this would be ideal with smoked meat, big game, or rich cheese platters. Tasted September 2015. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Brooding and inky red wine from Chile. Gobs of black fruit, black currant leaf, pepper, and a lift of mint. Touch of resin on the nose but not detected on the palate. Full-bodied with good balanced acidity. Warming alcohol on the finish. Good value. Perfect beef wine.
Tasted: Sept 2015
The south facing slopes of the winery's Penasco vineyard are mainly formed by granite soils which act like a sponge and regulate the water delivered to the vines, reducing it and vine vigour thereby concentrating the flavour of the fruit. The Apalta region of Chile benefits from warm days and mild night which accentuates the spicy and dark floral notes in the wine. - Community Wine Reviews

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