Casa Silva 2000 Colchagua Valley Carmenere ($6.00)
Offered locally at what is clearly a close-out price, this Chilean Merlot is drinkable, even interesting, but appears to be a wine meant for short-term consumption and already showing its age. Dark reddish-purple in color, its earthy aromas cloak black-cherry fruit in "torrefied" scents of toast and roasted coffee. Black coffee is apparent on the palate, too, bleding with tart cherries and soft tannins. Quaffable, a bit "rustic," it's fine with food, a little awkward without. US Importer: Vin DiVino, Chicago. (Apr 8, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Roast chicken softens its earthy and tannic flavors and brings up the fruit; a table wine that gains from a food accompaniment.



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