Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserva NV

Purchased from Cost Plus World Market. Price~$8.00

Aaron: I was pleasantly surprised by this Chilean wine, though I admit most of the points I awarded are for its uniqueness and the mellow finish.  There was a strong, spicy smell of nutmeg and earthy tones which didn’t impress me and reminded me of slightly bitter roots.  The flavor was smooth and featured more earth than fruit flavors.  It was definitely different and might be too much for some people, but I liked it.  If anything it’s a little heavy on the green, leafy plant tastes.  90 points

Teri: Earthy smells reflect the geography of Chili within this red. There is much more earth than fruit with hints of plum, rhubarb, and spice. Uniquely different from California wines with characteristics closer to french reds. 88 points