Santa Ema 2001 Rapel Valley Carmenère ($9.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, almost black. An intriguing mix of scents builds aroma complexity - black cherry with a hint of anise and "torrefied" overtones of smoke and black coffee. Flavors are consistent with the nose, black-cherry fruit and earthy, charred nuances, all shaped by lemony acidity that becomes almost tangy in the finish and makes for an exceptionally palate-cleansing food companion. US Importer: T.G.I.C. Importers Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif. (Mar 4, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A natural with red meat, but it also made a delicious match with lighter fare, a dinner salad (easy on the vinaigrette) topped with the earthy flavors of Point Reyes blue cheese and slices of a robust, peppery Calabrese-style salame from Volpi of St. Louis.



Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Cosentino 2000 "The Novelist" California Meritage
View the next tasting note: Chateau d'Orschwihr 2000 Alsace Tokay Pinot Gris Bollenberg