Carmenère, also known as Gran Vidure in Bordeaux, was once a key component in what made Bordeaux wines so desirable. After the decimation of grapevines in the late 19th century (due to the root louse Phyloxera that made its way to Europe from American vine cuttings), vintners did not replant Carmenère because it often produced a disappointingly small crop. So although Carmenère is essentially gone from Bordeaux wines, the vine itself was brought to Chile and it now flourishes as the most intriguing of that country's reds. Case Silva makes a honey of a wine at a very fair price point.
I thought the 2009 vintage was excellant, but the 2010 vintage is even better. This is my favorite wine, smooth and rich, very fruit forward with a velevty texture in the mouth.
Concentrated round and enticing nose of blackberry and plum, with elements of smoke, cocoa and spice enlivening the sophisticated bouquet. Flavors are lively, brisk and fresh yet smooth and long on the palate with a silky, mocha-imbued texture and a nice peppery note on the finish. This wine is already delicious, but is just beginning to spread its wings. Drink now-2016.