Wine of the Week for January 2, 2006

Casillero del Diablo Carménere 2004 - $11.95
Style: R2

The French winemakers have all but abandoned this grape, but in Chile they've taken up the cause with terrific results. This one shows rich aromas of plum, chocolate, cherry and vanilla. Soft, round and creamy on the palate, delivering sweet fruit flavours and "delayed action" tannins. It's still a youngster and would benefit from a year or two more age, but is perfectly enjoyable now. Treat as a meaty merlot and pair with bean stew, tuna, or rich stews. (LCBO 620666)

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