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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wine Tasting - Root:1 Carménère 2009

"I’m aging like fine wine… I’m getting complex and fruity!"
 - Author Unknown

Greetings everyone!  May this day find you well, happy, and getting better by the day.

Did someone say Carménère?  In the Chucky & Tiffany household, this is a word that you need not say twice.  While enjoying a delicious Chinese plate for dinner (Ma Po Tofu, Vegetable Egg Foo Young, and Tofu Low Mien) we asked ourselves, "Why not a small glass of wine?"

Chucky's Point Score:  90
Tiffany's Point Score:  93

Root:1 Carménère 2009

Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile
Grape Varietal(s):  100% Carmenère
Retail Price:  $12.99
Vintage: 2009
Producer:   Viña Ventisquero, Rancagua, Chile
Alcohol:  14.0%
Calories:   98 per 4 ounces

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Notes

Chucky's Notes:  "High in tannins and complex in finish.  Very berry fruit forward.  Loads of cherry.  Elegant classic Carménère taste.  I almost cried when my glass was empty."

Tiffany's Tasting Notes

Tiffany's Notes:  "Wow!  Love this Carménère!  Extremely smooth from first to last sip!  Very fruit forward on bouquet & palate.  Nice creamy wine.  I hated to see my glass go empty!  :)  I want more!  So glad I walked down the wine aisles at Publix on my lunch hour!  :)"

The front label reads as follows:

"Chile is a true rarity in the wine world.  Unique geographic & climatic forces have allowed it to remain one of the very few grape growing regions in the world where the original European rootstocks survive, unaffected by phylloxera - the disease that forced grape growers worldwide to graft vines onto generic rootstocks.  Chile's isolation, protected by the mighty Andes to the East and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean to the West, ensures that grape vines can remain on the original rootstock, in the purest form.  These same geographic characteristics provide Chile's fertile soil conditions to produce consistent and outstanding grapes each year.  This Root:1 Carménère is carefully crafted exclusively from grapes grown on the original, ungrafted root systems tended by our Master Winemakers.  This gives the wine its pure, rich fruit flavors & aromas."

The back label reads as follows:

"A complex red wine with flavors of ripe plum, blackberries and spice."

Besides an amazingly wonderful wine, we were both totally shocked by the similarities of our tasting notes.  Remember... we don't share or look at each others reviews until we're both completely done.  One thing is quite apparent... Both Tiffany and I are quite fond of this wine.  I can safely state that we'll be purchasing a replacement bottle before too much time expires.

Hi-dee hi-dee wine-is-indeed-one-of-life's-simple-pleasures-ho my friend.

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