Ventisquero, Colchagua Valley (Chile) Carménère Apalta Vineyard “Obliqua” 2017

($71, Austral Wines):  Made entirely from Carménère, arguably Chile’s signature grape, grown in the famed Apalta sub-region, this juicy bottling displays a wonderful combination of red and dark fruit with spice and other non-fruit, savory notes.  Like the Vertice, the tannins are present, yet supple and not intrusive, so this hearty red is ready for mid-winter fare.  Despite it seven years of age, it was closed initially but blossomed in the glass over 30 minutes.  This is a wine to savor.
92 Michael Apstein Feb 20, 2024