Chilean Carmenere: know your vin­tages

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

2016

Late sea­son hit by tor­ren­tial har­vest rains gave lighter reds of vari­able qual­ity that are ap­proach­able now.

2015

hot, dry grow­ing sea­son gave ef­fu­sive, en­gag­ing wines for early drink­ing. Drink to 2021.

2014

spring frosts sent yields plum­met­ing. Best wines are juicy and lifted. Drink to 2022.

2013

Late, rainaf­fected vin­tage. Bright, fresh wines of mod­er­ate con­cen­tra­tion. Drink through to 2019.

2012

tor­rid heat. Drink up.

2011

a cool­ish year gave well de­fined, of­ten ex­cel­lent wines that are drink­ing well now.

2010

a long, dry grow­ing sea­son that gave some out­stand­ing re­sults. the best wines drink well now.

2009

Warm year, re­sult­ing in gen­er­ous wines. Drink up.

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