2008 Haras de Pirque Carménère Equus

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Haras de Pirque
Variety: Carménère
Designation: Equus
Region: Chile
Sub-region: Central Valley, Maipo Valley
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $17 (BCLDB), $16 (EW), $19 (Marquis)

He says: Drinking this against a sub-standard Carménère, I really thought we had a winner. Good concentration, round well-integrated tannins, and layers of complexity. Worried this was a bit too good to be true for $20, we bought another bottle. My happiness was dashed after my soberer, second tasting. It’s not quite there yet, and needs more time in the bottle to settle down, lose some oak, and tame the stewed fruit. An easy drinker now, but I think it’ll be even better in a few years.

She says: A much nicer mouth feel than the Viña Cono Sur due to the concentration of rich fruit, rounder tannins and a greater depth of flavour… Ripe black fruit, coffee and spice. This wasn’t bad but I’d still prefer to drink a Cab Sauv if I had to drink a $20 Chilean red.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby, concentrated
Smells like: Clean, developing, med+intensity, stewed/baked black fruit, meaty, green pepper
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med+ body, med+ intensity, med+ tannins, med+ alcohol, ripe stewed black fruit, plums, black pepper, herbaceous, toasted oak, chocolate, coffee, med+ length
Summary: Good, Ready to drink/Can develop further

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

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