Keeping with the theme that Chile is beginning to move into more quality products, I was introduced a couple of weeks ago to a surprisingly yummy higher end offering from Concha Y Toro, who are well known for their very accessibly priced vats o’ Casillero del Diablo, one of the first Chilean products here in Canada from back in the 80’s, I think. Concha Y Toro have a very full menu of offerings, with a price point (and corresponding quality) to meet every budget.
One of the wines that was brought to my boss’s house for my good bye party a couple of weeks ago was the 2008 Concha Y Toro Winemaker’s Lot 148 Carmenere. I had suggested that Carmeneres or Cab Francs would go well with the menu of rich Persian food, and so several different bottles were brought. I had not had this one before, and it was a great find (thanks to R– for sharing with us all!)
The 2007 vintage of this wine was awarded the Grand Trophy at Chile’s 2nd Annual World Carmenère Competition in 2008. The 2008 is similarly worthy, I think. Very deep inky colour, black current with mocha and smoke tones. One of my colleagues talked about a “beef jerky” scent. (You know, in a good way.) Vanilla notes on the palate speak to the barrel aging of the wine. Great tannin structure but balanced with the fruit and savoury flavours. It had a good, long finish. I think this will do well to lie down for a while, 3-5 years perhaps, so I grabbed 4 bottles and hopefully one or two of them will last that long. 🙂
It went very well with the Iranian meat stews but would also pair nicely with roasted sausages or a prime rib dinner. I will have it next when I make chili, since chocolate is my secret ingredient and I think the cocoa/spice in each would match really well.
2008 Concha Y Toro Winemaker’s Lot 148 Rapel Valley Las Pataguas Vineyard Carmenere from Chile. $19 in the BC liquor stores.