The second release of this great carmenère is less voluptuous than the first (2003), but that shyness hides a wine that will only improve with time. It's tense and firm, with a structure based on powerfully concentrated ripe red fruit and spice. Acidity frames the muscular structure. Ignacio Recabarren produces Carmín from a selection of vines planted in the early 1980s on alluvial soils in Peumo, one of Chile's best carmenère terroirs.
Driven and pure, with remarkably supple tannins guiding the black currant, plum, graphite and melted dark licorice notes. Picks up additional loam and coffee notes on the finish, but stays fine-grained and stylish despite its weight. Also contains Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. (JM)
For serious Carmenère, Carmín is at the top of the list. It's almost late-harvest in terms of richness and ripeness, with earth, leather, mineral, pepper, plum and berry on the nose. Dense and balanced, yet a little on the soft side, with meaty raspberry and plum flavors. Finishes dark, with coffee, toast and leather. A cuddly, chewy wine to drink now for all its power and richness. (MS)
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