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Chilean Carmenere Not-Quite-2-Year Tasting

I’ve been looking for an excuse to open my 2008 Winexpert Limited edition Chilean carmenere, and Moroccan Braised Beef (recipe courtesy of Chef Jenn Felmley!) sounded like just the ticket. Today is  just short of 2 years in the bottle. I decanted about an hour.  There is  some foam, but not too bad.  Slight soapiness on the nose, but dominated by loads of dark, spicy fruit and brambles. No perceptible soapiness on the tongue. Big, spicy flavors of plums, raisin, and blackcurrant, plus a hint of vanilla. Good tannins and oak, long finish. Definitely still young, but tasting very nice now!

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