Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2007 is a dark place to go. Fortunately. I'm not afraid of the dark. In fact, I kind of like it when the lights are out. That's what happens when you hold a glass of this Carmenere up to the light - darkness ensues. It's an inky purple color which literally lets no light pass through. The aromas are just as dark: blackberries that have been tromped down into a muddy trail come to mind. There's also a spiciness, possibly anise and maybe some nutmeg. It's an intriguing nose. The taste follows suit. It's dark and brooding on the palate, certainly not a fruitfest. I would imagine this to be a wine that is not to everyone's liking. But if you have a fondness for the dark side of the vineyard, this may be just for you. For only $8, it really has a lot to offer.
Appelation: Chile > Valle Central > Rapel Valley
Alcohol Level: 14.1%
Price: $8 (on sale)
Acquisition disclaimer: I bought this wine at BevMo.