Two Carmenères from Chile

A tasting of two halves…

Aquitania Carmenère Reserva 2013, Maipo, Chile (£9.95 Winety – looks like I got the price wrong on the video)
The more elegant end of the Carmenère spectrum, just the right side of jammy, this has lightly spicy blackcurrant and blackberry flavours joined by a note of coffee beans and a fresh herbal finish. S-

Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserva Carmenère 2012, Valle Central, Chile (£10.49 Aitken Wines, Portland Wines, Grape Expectations)
Not sure about this one. The first thing you notice is a reduced/stinky aroma, and while there seems to be reasonable dark fruit, toast chocolate wafer-like oakiness and a touch of green bean, the pong hangs around rather too long for my liking. Hmm… C

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