Yesterday, we spoke of South American wines that are not Malbecs. We are moving onto Chile today. Now there are not many Malbecs that come from Chile. I am pretty sure their number 1 grape is Cabernet Sauvignon. They are also know for the Camernere grape that was once thought extinct in France.
The one bad thing I will say about South American wine is that they are almost always at a good price. Sometimes, you are afraid to buy a less than $10 a bottle wine because of it’s price alone. I can tell you that I got the 2012 Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc/Camenere Reserva for $12.95 from a local wine shop. A Vivino scan showed the average price at $6.
My feeling is that it may be a little overpriced and I am not sure if I would have purchased it knowing it was that cheap. I guess we can take this as a social experiment on myself. This wine, by the way, is 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Camenere so my kind of wine. Here are the tasting notes from their website:
The grapes were hand-picked in late April into early May and immediately transported to the vinery for sorting and gentle de-stemming. Next, the fruit was cold macerated for four days followed by a warm fermentation in open stainless steel tanks lasting three weeks andÂ punch downs took place three times daily. 50% of the wine was then aged for eight to ten months in French Oak barrels.
The wine displays aromas of red cherries and soft touches of raspberries against a black fruit background, complemented with some tobacco and cassis notes. Firm yet smooth on the palate, this red blend exhibits a juicy mouthfeel that reveals elegant hints of cedar and baker’s chocolate that lead to more fruity characters on the finish.
So how was it?
Color – Deep red.
Nose – I got more earth on the nose with a bit of spice. I did however pick up the raspberries.
Taste – Raspberry, licorice, with a little bit of earthy notes.
Finish – Medium with medium to high acid and medium to low tannins.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this wine. Not that I pretty much paid double for this wine but also that one of my favorite grapes Cabernet Franc let me down. This is my first crack at a majority blended Cabernet Franc wine from South America. It was still decent and what do you expect for $6. It also comes in a little two dry. Not terrible but I wouldn’t buy again.