2015 Cabernet Franc Carmenere, (oops)

img_1130If by “oops”, they mean “oops, I drank the whole bottle” then, yes, this wine is an “oops”.

Actually, the reason it’s called (oops) is the same reason why Merlot from Chile doesn’t taste like Merlot from anywhere else: it’s not Merlot. As it turns out, some lucky Carmenere grapes escaped France during the great wine blight of the 1860’s. The refugee grapes made their way to Chile but were mistaken for Merlot and were packaged and sold as such until one sunny day in 1994 when astute viticulturist, Jean-Michel Boursiquit, finally figured out why the Merlot tasted a lot like Carmenere. So, you know, …oops.

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I could say that this was one of my favorite wines from Chile but, to be honest, I’ve never met a Chilean wine that I didn’t like.

(oops) Cabernet Franc Carmenere is rich with chocolate, coffee, plum and pepper. Bold with a nice finish, reasonably priced at $10.99 and topped with a convenient screw cap which, by the way, I’ve come to appreciate because the only thing better than having a super fancy cork screw is not having to use it.

P.S. 14% alcohol.

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