Martinez and Martinez Winery 2011 Dion Carlo Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills, $36

By on February 16, 2014

martinez-and-martinez-dion-carlo-carmenere-2011-labelA product of a cooler vintage in the Horse Heaven Hills, the Martinez family still emerged with a worthy, food-friendly example of this lesser-known Bordeaux variety. A hint of oak in the nose leads to aromas of black cherry, lime peel, thyme and minerality. It carries a lighter body for the variety as flavors of cherries and currants mix with good acidity and a low-profile of tannin, backed by light vanilla, cherry wood smoke and a pinch more of thyme. Enjoy with homemade meatloaf or marinated flank steak.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 48 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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