Natura Carmenere Colchagua 2015

The Data

Country   Chile

Appellation   Colchagua

Varietal   Carmenere

Retail Price   $11.99

ABV   13.9%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep ruby/purple color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of black tea, forest floor, blackberry, and cocoa with supporting notes of eucalyptus and leather.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of truffle and oak. The finish is long and lingering with chewy tannins.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a supple texture.

Cool Factor

B

We are fans of Carmenere loving the rich and frequently rustic flavors.

Value Grade

B

At just over $10 a bottle this wine will find a large audience of bargain seekers.

Analysis

The Natura wines emphasize organic farming of popular varietals from many of Chile's best wine growing regions. Their rustic Carmenere is made with 85% Carmenere, 8% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot. Carmenere has long been lost in Bordeaux and has now found a welcome home in Chile. The Natura Carmenere is complex and dense but we would love to see more vibrant fruit in the mix. 85 points.

How to Enjoy

Pair with rustic meat dishes including grilled beef and lamb.

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