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A Chilean Downer…and not in a good way

2008 Anakena Single Vineyard Carmenère, Rapel Valley, Chile LCBO# 59519 $14.95

Oh man did I pick a loser this week! In fact, the mere memory of tasting this wine makes me want to curl up the fetal position. So why review a wine that didn’t cut the mustard…because there is a valuable lesson tucked behind this awkward frog of a wine. The lesson is simple; you will never discover what wines you “truly” like without tasting a few you don’t along the way! Seriously, where else in the world can you make such an inexpensive mistake and still enjoy the blissful euphoria of a gentle wine induced “happy” mood. The best part is now you know you never have to buy that wine again. Sometimes knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you do like.

So, without further ado…the 2008 Anakena Single Vineyard Carmenère is big brooding unripe monster of a wine with flavours of green pepper, tobacco, tar, white pepper, cloves, and a lot of green vegetal notes. The only fruit that I could pick out was a slight hint of black currant on the finish. Not exactly a “fruit-forward” wine. To top it all off, this wine is super tannic and literally feels like mud in your mouth. Maybe this is your cup of tea, but it’s certainly not mine!

I would recommend pairing the 2008 Anakena Single Vineyard Carmenère with your recycling bin or better yet, give it as a gift to someone you don’t like.

Even at the inexpensive price of $14.95 a bottle, this wine is not going on my “must have” list. But before you completely dismiss this wine, remember it’s what you like that counts! If the flavours I mentioned in my review resonate with what you like, please go pick up a bottle. Lord knows my palette should never be considered the end all to be all of good taste…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below. If you’re not following me yet on Twitter, you can find me at

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Carménère, Chile, Red Wine


$12…make you holla!

2006 Chilensis Reserva Carménère, Maule Valley, Chile $11.95 LCBO #657981

I love it when people recommend wine to me. The world of wine is so vast that there is no way I could possibly navigate it without help. Often times I am turned on to amazing wines that I would have never thought of to try on my own. This week’s wine is one such example. Thank you to Robert B. for bringing this week’s wine to the table.

The 2006 Chilensis Reserva is made from the Carménère [car-men-YEHR] grape. This long lost grape originally from Bordeaux has found its stride in Chile. This week’s wine has delicious flavours of fresh cherries and chocolate with nice herbal and cedar notes. It goes great with a range of comfort food. Anything from teriyaki chicken to meatloaf. It even goes with a bean salad. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with Gorgonzola or Livarot. (Livarot is a washed rind cows milk cheese from Normandy.)

At $11.95, this is a more than a great value. It is a great guilt free everyday drinking wine…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on January 26, 2009 in Carménère, Chile, Red Wine


Errazu…not so good

2007 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile $11.80 LCBO #318741

I guess it was just a matter of time. In the 10 weeks since I started “Adam’s Wine of the Week” I have been pretty good at picking wines that delivered on the promise of great wine at a great price.

Well…this week’s selection from Errazuriz Estates, one of Chile’s largest (and most well known) producers, is a wine that I can’t recommend regardless of its low price of $11.80.

That being said, it’s just as important to understand what makes this wine stand at the back of the pack while others of equal value shine. The truth is the 2007 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay from Chile’s Casablanca Valley has all the elements to be a good wine. It has solid flavours of lemon, pineapple, cream, and a hint of vanilla. The problem is that the flavours seem to be not well integrated. They seem to attack your taste buds one at a time.

I know that we are getting into technical wine terms, but think of the concept of “integration” in terms of a car. Some cars are like a Ferrari, seamless with all the pieces fitting perfectly together allowing the collective whole to take on a grander aura than just being a car. While others are more like a Yugo. It has all the same basic parts of the Ferrari, but the pieces just don’t seem to fit together well. Unfortunately, this wine is a Yugo…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on June 23, 2008 in Chardonnay, Chile, White Wine

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