Pour: 2007 Santa Rita Carménère Reserva

Round smoothness envelops black cherry fruit and soft cinnamon spice

I straddle the Andes. Is the ultratrendy Argentine malbec or a softer merlot-like Chilean carménère the ticket for easygoing summertime reds? Some friends, recently back from South America, fêted my wife and me with a bottle of this rare carménère, a minor-league Bordeaux varietal. Smitten, I ran out and grabbed a 2007 Santa Rita Carménère Reserva ($11), whose round smoothness envelops black cherry fruit and soft cinnamon spice. Malbec, I love you, but not tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph: Michael Boone

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