This week’s wine is the Root 1 Carmenere Colchagua Valley, Chile 2008. If you are unfamiliar with the Carmenere grape, don’t feel bad. Previously known as the “Lost Grape of Bordeaux,” it was actually thought to be extinct until the mid 1990s when it was rediscovered in Chile. The grape produces a deep red wine with soft tannins and the flavor is described as rich red fruit, blackberries, vanilla and spice.
It is almost shocking that this wine made the “Wine Of The Week” post. As our sommelier David put it “There is so much working against this wine. I hate the label. It’s terrible. Next, when you first smell it you think someone has just cut and pitted 20 green peppers.” But despite these drawbacks David was still willing to try it. The result? Well, “once it gets in your mouth its surprisingly rich, with a long finish.” Even better? “It’s pretty damn cheap.” And David isn’t kidding- this stuff goes for under $10. So go grab a bottle today!