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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wine Tasting - Vistamar Carmenère 2010

"Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures."
 - Michael Broadbent

Oh happy Thursday to one and all!  May this day find you safe and well. 

Tiffany and I enjoyed some Chinese take-out tonight.  Very small portions of course.  Hmm... might not a glass of wine enhance our meal?  Of course it would!

We enjoyed a bottle of Carmenère that came highly recommended by a wine classmate.  "A real steal for the price." we were told.  Guess what?  He was absolutely correct!  This wine is worth well more than twice its current asking price.

Chucky's Point Score:  91
Tiffany's Point Score:  89

Vistamar Brisa Carmenère 2010

Appellation:  Pelequèn, Chile
Grape Varietal(s):  100% Carmenère
Retail Price:  $6.99
Vintage: 2010
Producer:   Viña Vistamar Ltda
Alcohol:  13.0%
Calories:   91 per 4 ounces

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Notes

Chucky's Notes:  "Big, brash & bold!  Intense smoky chocolate-cherry notes on the palate.  Very dry, puckering even.  Elegant follow-through notes.  I want to dive nose first into the glass and without a snorkel!"

Tiffany's Tasting Notes

Tiffany's Notes:  "Inviting fruity bouquet.  Initial taste on the palate is dry followed by smooth bold dark fruits with a touch of spice!  Would like to score again before having Chinese food for dinner because the taste of our dinner is still lingering in my mouth!  :)"

The label reads as follows:

"BRISA - Feeling the fresh breeze as you ride on horseback, watch a sunset on the beach or enjoy a picnic in the sunshine, makes the simplest moments unique and unforgettable.  Enjoy our varieties and add that special touch to any occasion or company. 

This is a purple-red wine with hints of violet.  It offers red fruit aroma intermingled with spicy, mocha notes.  Outstanding in the mouth are the smoothness and silkiness of its tannins, which together provide a long, pleasant finish with touches of mature fruits."

Tiffany and I met on much common ground with our tasting notes.  We may have described different aromas and tastes but end up describing the same wine.  Delicious!  Vistamar Carmenère is a bold intense red with elegant finish.  If you can find some on a shelf near you, try a bottle.  But, please pay for it first.  There is something about slurping a bottle empty while in the wine store a few grade levels below a class.

Hi-dee hi-dee Carmenère-Carmenère-Carmenère-ho my friend.


  1. Oh, man! I love me some Carmenère! Where'd you get this bottle?

  2. Hi Sonya. Yes, Carmenères are the "hot" thing in red wines right now. Once you've tried it you are hooked (assuming you like big bold reds). My recommendation is to buy some up before prices begin to rise.

    We bought it at Total Wine & More Warehouse (US 50 in Orlando, Florida). You can also check with Eat More Produce (Hwy 17-92 in Winter Park). They don't currently carry the Vistamar but have historically carried some other outstanding Carmenères (Santa Rita 120).