29 January 2005
2003 Concha y Toro Frontera Carménère
2003 Concha y Toro Frontera Carménère. On the weekends, I enjoy an inexpensive bottle of wine to sip in the afternoon, perhaps with a good book or while catching upon on the wine blog reviews. For reasons that will become clear tomorrow, I've decided to plumb the depths of the Concha y Toro product line. At the very bottom are the Frontera wines, simple but decent table wines harvested from multiple fields, and sometimes outside growers. This one cost $4, so even if it tasted horrible, I'm not out much cash. But I've been pleasantly surprised. I wasn't familiar with this grape--I think it's extinct in its home of Bordeaux, where it was used as a blending grape. This wine is 85% Carménère, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah. I don't know if I could identify this grape on its own, but I like this wine. It's like merlot with balls, if that makes any sense, and the supporting grapes definitely improve the flavor. It's something a little different, and solid enough to stand up to hearty beef dishes or spicy Indian/Mexican fare.