The lesser known Cab meets the oft mistaken Merlot

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Brand NameOveja Negra
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Wine NameCabernet Franc/Carmenere Reserva
Vintage (Year)2008
AVAMaule Valley
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeCabernet Franc, Carmenere
Wine GroupsLovely reds
Alcohol %14%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

Most people don't realize the nobility of Cabernet Franc, which is oft used in Bordeaux blends, but don't try it to much on its own. And then there is Carmenere, which was oft mistaken for Merlot. The blend is 70% the former, and 30% the latter.

This wine has a strong dry smoky aspect to it which overtakes your palate. Great for steak. It also has some deep plum aspects, with almost a slight back hint of anise, making you think of licorice. The more I try it, the more I like it, as the air hitting it softens the taste up somewhat.

Thank you black sheep.


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