Vina Montes, based in Chile, produces red and white wines with grapes sourced from four estates in the Curico and Colchagua valleys.
The 2009 Purple Angel was produced utilizing 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot from Colchagua Valley. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels and is labeled as 14.5% ABV.
Several wineries in Chile are doing great things with the Carmenere variety. Montes is one of them.
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.
I had some friends over last evening for a small wine tasting.
The broad theme was Spanish wines. I have long been a fan of Riojas, so I included a couple of them. Along with the wine, I had a selection of cheeses. The list included Manchego, Garrotxa (a wonderful goat cheese from the Catalan region of Spain), aged Gouda (it is aged about two years and combines great flavors of sweet, salty, and creamy), Cabot Cheddar, and some Red Cow Parmesan. On the cracker side, in addition to Carrs, I found some nut/grain crackers (the box is in the trash, I will get the name next time). They were made in Canada and I chose two varieties, one was an olive and fig combo, the other was a salted almonds and dates. The latter was my favorite. Of course, we also had a large supply of grapes at the table as well.