Chiñigue Andes Collection Carmenere (2006)

chinigue-andes-collection-carmenere-2006We have had this Andes Collection Carmenere 2006 before but it has been a long time. I remember that I liked this very much the last time we had it, and I like it very much now.

We chose this Chilean Carmenere for this Sunday evening. It has been snowing all day and the ground is white. It is 31 degrees outside, but cozy inside. I have a dinner of chicken and potatoes in a heavy cast-iron skillet. I started by browning the chicken in hot olive oil for about 15 minutes, turning the chicken every minute or so. Once it was very brown, I added cubed red potatoes and then a mixture of chicken broth, thickener, and mushrooms. This has been simmering for the last 90 minutes so I know it will be tender and savory when we sit down for dinner.

The wine has a lovely, dark-red color in the glass. The nose is quite fruity with hints of vanilla and spice. In the mouth the taste is predominantly caramel and chocolate with firm tannins. The finish tastes like oak and it lasts a long time.

This is delicious. We both love it!

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Panilonco Carmenere (2006)

Panilonco Carmenere 2006Tony brought this Panilonco Carmenere 2006 from Chile for Mother’s Day. Both Tommy and Tony are visiting for the afternoon. I was going to grill tonight, but it is cold and rainy in Michigan so I changed my plan to make a pot of spicy chili, whole wheat bread with white cheddar cheese, and oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookies for dessert. I am just waiting for the bread to come out of the oven right now.

Tom and I just returned from a trip up to Northern Michigan for a long weekend. We stayed at the beautiful Homestead Resort in Maple City, Michigan. We had a wonderful long weekend together and we will be posting more about our dinners and wines from the weekend.

For now, though, it is Mother’s Day and I am thrilled to have our sons, Tommy and Tony, with us. We will enjoy a cozy dinner together.

The bread is out of the oven and will cool for a few minutes. Dinner will be delicious.

This wine that Tony brought us is delicious and perfect for tonight. It is deep maroon in the glass. The aroma is a minty fruit. . . the taste is lovely with lustrous tannins. Tony loves South America and their wines! I know his friend George Royce who spent 99 days with Tony traveling around South American, would also enjoy this wine.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Delight Fagan, and to my mother-in-law, Mary Werner, and to all the other mothers out there who love and care for their children. Cheers, Mom!

Agustinos Carmenere (2006)

Agustinos Carmenere 2006I have purchased three more bottles of the Agustinos Carmenère 2006 from Chile and that was a very good decision. I opened a bottle last night to celebrate with our two sons, Tommy and Tony. Tony graduates Magna Cum Laude tomorrow with a double major in International Business and Management. Tony is very fond of South America and is fluent in Spanish (hence the Chilean wine)! For dinner, I grilled a pork tenderloin. The tenderloin spent the day in a marinade of chopped garlic, white wine vinegar and szechuan sauce. Along with the tenderloin, I had red potatoes, which I had quartered and mixed with olive oil, rosemary, coarse salt and pepper. Those went into a skillet and cooked until crispy. I also grilled asparagus and made a salad with my homemade vinaigrette of olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, spicy brown mustard, basil, oregano, savory, thyme, rosemary and pepper.

We had a lovely celebratory dinner. The wine was fantastic. There wasn’t a morsel of food leftover! Congratulations Tony. . .we love you!

Agustinos Carmenère (2006)

Agustinos Carmenere 2006We really love this Agustinos Carmenère 2006 from Chile and I believe this is our last bottle from out rack. It is a Sunday evening and I am making spaghetti for dinner. In fact, I am simmering my last batch of sauce that I made last summer with tomatoes from my garden. This deserves a wonderful wine and this is it. The color is inky black. The nose is fragrant with oak and cherries. On the palate is plum and raspberries. The fruity finish lasts an exceptionally long time.

I think this may be one of Tom’s favorites. He is a huge fan of Carmenère. If you can find this wine, I can’t imagine that you would be disappointed.

Agustinos Carmenere (2006)

Agustinos Carmenere 2006This Agustinos Carmenère 2006 from Chile is fabulous.  We have had this wine before and blogged about it. But I (naturally) taste it as though it is my first time.  In the glass it is a rich dark violet.  The exorbitant nose is rich with pepper, cherries and oak. The taste is plum and raspberries. The taste lingers a long, long time with a fruity, lengthy finish. We will have this wine with a casserole of brown rice and leftover ham and a fresh salad. Coincidentally, it is a Friday night and the last time we had this wine was also a Friday night. I guess we think of a Carminere as a celebratory wine (because we always celebrate Fridays!).

Agustinos Carmenère (2006)

Agustinos Carmenere 2006Trigger 12-21-07This Agustinos Carmenère 2006 from Chile has both of us swooning. It is a deep, blackish violet in the glass. The nose is extravagant — cherries, spice, pepper, and oak. The taste is plum and boysenberries. The finish is densely fruity with velvety tannins. The taste lingers a long, long time. This wine would be great with spaghetti or lasagne but — alas — we are having leftover soup for dinner. It’s Friday night and we are just happy to be at the front end of the weekend. Cheers!

Tom: This Agustinos Caramenère 2006 is delicious. Big, tannic, chocolaty, cherries and berries. Excellent.

(And here’s a photo of Trigger staying warm on this cold December evening.)

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere (2005)

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2005This Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2005 is deep purple. On the nose is woods and fields with shades of pencil shavings, tea, and cherries. On the palate is cherries and leather. It is dry and medium bodied with dense tannins. The wine is crisp with noticeable acidity.

It is nice to be home! I am sitting here with Trigger on my lap. I have a pot of turkey-barley soup on the stove. I have been on the road. I had the pleasure of working with a team of professionals: Dr. John Hitt, Dr. Jane Moore, and Ms. Amy Bair, as well as leadership from Mr. Byron Hatch and Ms. Cynthia Rail. We worked hard but had a great time together! Here’s to my colleagues [clink]!

Tom: This Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2005 is a great wine! It’s big and tannic, with tastes of coffee, chocolate, and cherry. A delicious, unusual, and intriguing wine.