Neyen de Apalta is a winery based in the Colchagua Valley section of Chile.
Carmenere is a variety I have recently become acquainted with over the past several years. It has quickly become a favorite of mine.
The 2006 Espiritu de Apalta is a blend comprised of 50% Carmenere and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with an ABV of 14%.
I stumbled upon this wine quite by accident, and was glad I did.
This was a PNP.
My first sip brought a big smile to my face (don’t you love when that happens?). There was a lot going on here (in a good way!). Black fruit, blackberry, black currants, spice, and licorice were a few of the flavors taking over my mouth. Part Cabernet Sauvignon, part Carmenere, this was a terrific blend with each variety contributing without taking over.
The finish was medium, mellowly continuing with more spice. So nice.
I paired this with a balsamic dressed arugula salad and an adobo marinated grilled sirloin steak. It went fabulously with the meal. This wine would be a great accompaniment to any grilled meat or poultry dish. While I often drink reds with fish, this powerhouse would be too much for seafood.
The 2006 Neyen Espiritu de Apalata cost me $50 (I will be restocking this one!). Anyone who enjoys Carmenere will likely find favor with this vintage.