Wine of the Week: Pacifico Sur, 2006 Reserve Carmenere-Cabernet (Chile)

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Wine of the Week!

Click to purchase Pacifico Sur, 2006 Reserve Carmenère-Cabernet (Chile)
$14/Bottle or $151/case (10% case discount)
Member Price = $12.60/bottle or $143/case (15% discount)
Selected as a “Jack’s Crowd Pleaser” in June, 2009

This week’s featured wine is an interesting blend of 60% Carmenère (car men EAR) and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Carmenère was an obscure, almost obsolete, blending grape in Bordeaux until it found a home in the coastal vineyards of Chile. In these mountainous vineyard, this varietal thrives – an almost-extinct varietal now achieving its full potential. Carmenère is the backbone of the burgeoning Chilean wine industry.

This wine was one of two favorites of the eight we’d opened for a recent group dinner and tasting. If tasted blind, you’d think it costs far more than its miserly $14, and that’s my definition of a crowd-pleaser! Better yet, the price goes down to $11.20 for club members ($11.90 for non-members)

Look for aromas of plum with sweet spices, a touch of oak, and a hint of farm yard and fresh garden earthiness. A nice balance between the Cabernet’s fruitiness and Carmenère’s soft tannins and nice herbal notes. And with 13.5% alcohol, it is both food friendly and head friendly – split a bottle tonight and enjoy a clear head in the morning!

Click to purchase Pacifico Sur, 2006 Reserve Carmenère-Cabernet
$14/Bottle or $151/case (10% case discount)
Member Price = $12.60/bottle or $143/case (15% discount)

Happy Merchant
Cheers!
Dave the Wine Merchant
Dave@SidewaysWineClub.com

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Quote of the Day

“Wine is an art. Winemakers are the artists, growers provide the paint, and history prepares the canvas.”
~ Unknown

2 Replies to “Wine of the Week: Pacifico Sur, 2006 Reserve Carmenere-Cabernet (Chile)”

  1. I like the quote – but need help understanding

    “Wine is an art” Agree

    “Winemakers are the artists” Does this include marketing, etc.

    “Growers provide the paint” I thought that much of wine was post grower.

    “History prepares the canvas” Need help with this one.

    1. Thanks Tom, glad you found the quote thought provoking. It was passed on to me early today, and I liked it enough to include it in today’s posting. Here’s my take on the poetic intent:

      If wine is art, and the Winemakers are the artists, then the grapes must be their medium (in this case, the “paint”). I like the idea of history being the canvas on which the artist paints, as this implies that all the growers and winemakers in the past have a role in shaping the art of today – an idea that applies equally to wine as well as art (or literature, or…)

      As to whether the winemaker’s art includes marketing, I guess no more or less than any artist’s art does so. To some degree, the world’s greatest artist will create in anonymity unless his/her marketing is successful!

      Dave

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