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2011 Root One Carmenere
September 20, 2013 - Norman Bentley
Root One Carmenere has been a house favorite for several years now, and 2011 will be at least the fourth one which I have sampled. I think of Carmenere as an in-between flavor, possessing the best of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The "lost grape of Bordeaux" seems to have captured fans from both of those two more famous grape varieties. It is rapidly achieving the status in Chile, which Malbec has already claimed in Argentina. If you really enjoy red wines, and have not as yet sampled a Carmenere, then you are in for a treat.
The 2011 Root One Carmenere has a nose which leaps out of the bottle as soon as the cork is released. The aromas of dark fruit and summer blackberry vines are prevalent. The flavor is just as powerful, with big gobs of fruit suggesting blackberry and plum, with gentle under currents of vanilla and spice. The finish is long and lingering and begs for another sip! The alcohol content is 13.5%
We enjoyed the Root One with a big thick fillet from the grill, combined with a big salad containing everything from the garden, and a hot baked potato. This is also a great wine for lasagna and other rich sauced pasta dishes. Norm's score is 88.
Price: $10 - $13
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