Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Jan 14, 2011 Anakena Carmenère 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestRapel Valley (Valle del Rapel), Region del Valle Central, Chile $13-16 +72157 at BC Liquor Stores and private liquor stores www.anakenawines.clA continuation of my January bottles on a budget theme, today’s DRINK is from Chile – a hotbed of value finds in the BC market. Carmenère is Chile’s claim to wine fame, though the grape originated in France’s Bordeaux region. The name “Carménère” originates from the French word for crimson (carmin) which refers to the brilliant crimson colour of the autumn leaves. The grape is rarely seen in France today, but has found a firm stead in Chile. In fact, Chile has the world’s largest area planted to Carmenère, with more than 8,800 hectares cultivated in the Central Valley alone.If you’re new to Carmenère, this Anakena is a great place to start. Spicy, dusty red fruits and plum aromas lead to a medium bodied, plump and plush palate of ripe cherry, leafy bramble, anise, pepper, plum and red currant. Soft and smooth and easy to down, this is a great weekday red with sausage, tomato sauced pasta or polenta.Anakena was founded by school buddies Felipe Ibáñez and Jorge Gutiérrez in 1999. It has now grown into quite a sizeable operation, with 155 hectares of vineyards in Alto Cachapoal, 128 hectares in Leyda, 70 hectares in Colchagua and 60 hectaures in Las Cabras. Their wines are now exported to more than 40 countries, and they produced 400,000 cases in 2009.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsAnakena Carmenère 2009Spicy, dusty red fruits and plum aromas lead to a medium bodied, plump and plush palate of ripe cherry, leafy bramble, anise, pepper, plum and red currant. Soft and smooth and easy to down, this is a great weekday red with sausage, tomato sauced pasta or polenta.CarmenèreChileRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.