2010 Viu Manent Carmenere
Happy Friday before the Super Bowl! I don’t know about you, but I am almost ready for my annual Super Bowl tradition. Every year since I have been married, my wife and I head over to her parent’s house to watch the game. We eat a bunch of food, we drink a lot of wine, and I normally fall asleep right before the half-time show to wake up for the last 5 minutes of the clock in the 4th quarter. My wife has a collection of pictures over the years that prove this, but you will have to take my word that it happens because she “magically” can’t seem to find them all of a sudden. Regardless if we carry through with the tradition this year, I know what I will want to be drinking during the game: Viu Manent Carmenere!
Name: Viu Manent Carmenere
Winery: Viu Manent y Cia, LTDA
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, the number of rushing yards that are obtained in each quarter of the game.)
As you can see by the picture, either this wine is extremely dark or it so massive that light cannot escape it’s gravitational pull. Yes, that is a cosmological reference. Not to be confused is cosmetology which is the study and application of beauty treatment. But I digress…
This wine is dark. The nose presents with black cherry, some oak, and spice. It also had a very earthy and herbal quality to it. Almost like someone aged the wine in barrels that had been used to make scented candles. Not that people really use barrels to make scented candles, they mostly use giant steel vats and inject the aroma solutions into the candle mixture as they are being poured into the molds or their permanent containers. But I digress…
For a wine that is so dark and aromatic, I was intrigued to see that it was pretty soft on the mouth. There was a fine balance between the flavors which ended in a very long finish. I took in some deep breaths after the taste and was hit with something leafy. It was very tea-like, which makes me wonder if the herbal essences that I picked up earlier were actually some sort of tea. I mean herbal essences as in the essence of herbs in the wine, not the shampoo that you can pick up at your local store. But I digress…
This would go well with any of the spicy stuff that you are planning to serve at your Super Bowl party. Chicken wings, blackened hamburgers, jalapeno brats, and, one of my favorites, Frito (Chili) pie. I seriously can sit down and eat a whole vat of that stuff. Not a vat like the kind they make candles in, it’s more a vat in the figurative sense of the word. But I digress…
Rating: Enjoy Again
I would enjoy this wine again. Actually, this is the second time that I have done a tasting for this wine. I sort of screwed up my notes when taking them down the first time, but was so impressed with this wine that I went out and got another bottle. This tasting was actually better because I was able to get the herbal accents that I didn’t detect before. Go out and buy as much of this as your arms will carry. Your friends may look at your strangely as they are sipping their light beers and apple-tini’s, but you will know deep down inside that you scored a touchdown with your palate.