Drinking Tonight: Panilonco Carmenere (2012)

A follow-up to a few days ago, where I tasted the 2011 vintage.  Let’s see how this one fares.

Color: if anything, even more purple and dark. This is verging on Petite Sirah levels of opacity.

Aroma: big jammy fruit again, but with more cocoa and spice underneath. A more complex aroma than the 2011.

Taste: yes, this is more like it. A bigger mouthful of fruit up front, with nice layers of cocoa, toast, and brambly spice. The cocoa and toast are noticeably long on the finish.

This vintage is definitely better than the 2011. A good bottle to have on hand for $6 to serve with a pizza, cheeseburgers, or spice-rubbed steak. I’d even serve this with a summer berry dessert like trifle.



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