The 2018 vintage of our MAX Carmenere displays a dull and deep violet color. On the nose, notes of black and red fruits, herbs and spiced character as roasted red bell pepper, rosemary and dill, all framed by soft notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. On the palate, appears notes of nuts, dark cherries and coffee. It shows good structure with elegant, fine grained tannins that give a silky texture on the palate.
Some bell-pepper notes here with blackcurrants and violets. The palate has a succulent, tangy feel with bright, ripe blackcurrant flavors and soft, pastry-like tannin. Special 150th anniversary edition. Drink or hold.
The spicy blackberry aroma has an herbal edge and is lifted by a hint of lemony oak, while this is racy and not the least bit lazy or heavy. Tomatoey plum, berry, peppery spice, chocolate and licorice flavors span a wide spectrum, while this is comported and balanced through the finish. If you like honest Carmenère, this is for you. Drink through 2024.
Barrel Sample: 89-90