Carmenere, the signature varietal of Chile is really making a name for itself in the wine world. Big spreads in all the wine magazines, top sommeliers putting it on their lists and a general buzz. Carmenere is the hottest new red of 2014. So let's decide for ourselves whether there is anything to this hype.
Carmenere is from The Graves and Medoc in Bordeaux. It is one of the 6 grapes officially allowed in Bordeaux wines. (The Bordeaux 6 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere)
In Bordeaux in the late 1800's most Carmenere was wiped out due to the Phylloxera aphid. Unlike the other Bordeaux varietals Carmenere was not replanted on American rootstock because of the difficulties in growing it.
For it to grow right in Bordeaux, it needs perfect conditions. The grape is subject to Shatter or Coulur (where the grapes flower but do not set fruit due to wet spring weather common in Bordeaux). It is also less mold resistant than the other Bordeaux varietals.
So after phylloxera wiped out their vines, Carmenere was left out of the replanting. They said Carmenere .. ugh! screw that high maintenace bitch!
Luckily though it was planted with Merlot in Chile during the 1800s. In fact in Chile, it was thought to be Merlot and classified as Merlot until the early 90's. The areas in Chile where it was planted are dryer, high altitude places where Carmenere can thrive.
$5 if you bring a bottle, $10 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner, (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting.
Meat and exotic cheese plates provided.
Great Value event, the last 8 times, everyone got to taste at least 10 wines, and the winner took home money for bringing the best wine.
Once again, whoever brings the best wine (Blind rated), will take home the pot. If we get 10 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $50, Last week the winner took home $95.
We will taste blind and rate using the Robert Parker 100 point system.
Think you know Carmenere? Bring a bottle and let's find out. If you bring the best bottle, you will go home with the winnings. Last time the winner took home $95, week before the pot was $80.
Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.
So, Bring a bottle, throw in $5 to the pot or $10 to just come and taste.