Do you enjoy grilling red meats? Savor the taste of a fine salami? Or perhaps simply relish in exploring nuances of a well crafted wine? If you answered yes to one or all three of these questions then this edition of Thirsty Thursday is for you.
From one of my favorite producers of Soave Classico, Inama, comes a palate pleasing Carmenere. Originally cultivated in Bordeaux in the early 18th Century, the Carmenere varietal has made a resurgence over the past two decades in Chile, where some exceptional expressions of the varietal are being produced. Characteristics typically associated with Carmenere include cherry flavors, earthiness, tobacco, spice, and smoke, as well as softer tannins than say a Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Inama Carmenere Piu, or more in Italian, is blended with 25% Merlot and expresses much of the characteristics associated with Carmenere. Clean and engaging the wine stands on its own or pairs phenomenally with dried salami or the Rump Roast Stuffed with Spinach and Shiitake Mushrooms posted here last week.
Here’s my complete review:
2008 Inama Carmenere Piu (Veneto Rosso, Italy)
Dark ruby red in color, the nose opens with aromas of red berry, tobacco, and smoke. The palate displays concentrated flavors of black cherry and cassis, with a touch of earthiness. Medium bodied and surprisingly clean, the wine finishes with a violet hue and subtle tannins.
Retails for around $20
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