Wrong bottle choice, but a good wine nonetheless

Monday, January 4, 2010

Brand NameAsunto
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Wine NameShiraz-Carmenere
Vintage (Year)2008
AVACentral Valley
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeSyrah/Shiraz, Carmenere
Wine GroupsLovely reds
Alcohol %14%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

I figured that I would have the Merlot but I, in fact, mistakenly pulled the wrong bottle. I didn't realize my error until after I had already opened it.

This wine is 60% Shiraz and 40% Carmenere with a rich, deep purple that reminds me of the color (and dye) that royal robes were dyed in (the dying was actually done in Africa, believe it or not).

The body of this wine is on the lighter side, but so are the tannins, though there are enough that impart the wood from the barrels used somewhere in the process. Being that the body is very light, giving a very dry taste to this wine, you can taste cherries, which is the preeminent fruit aspect. Aside from that, there are elements of a dry spice as well as well worn smoke.

This wine would pair excellently with anything that is grilled or poultry deeply seasoned. I hate it with some stewed chicken as they were out of jerk chicken this time around.


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