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Odfjell "Orzada" Carménère


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Odfjell "Orzada" Carménère: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Odfjell "Orzada" Carménère

Odfjell "Orzada" Carménère is Carménère blended with, typically, 5% Syrah. It comes from medium-old vines (20 years); it sees some oak, more American than French. It is fairly pricey for a Carménère, averaging around $10 (the range is $9 up to $25).


Odfjell "Orzada" Carménère: Tasting Impressions

This is not by any measure a poor wine: it is big, thick, dark, almost lush. But it also seems to lack definition; the "dark fruit" thing is about as deep as one can go. There are no individual flavor threads, no subtlety, little or no complexity. Just "big; dark."

In light of the cost of this wine, and of what sorts of wonderful Carménères one can get for a fraction—in not a few instances, a small fraction (Santa Rita 120 at maybe one-third the cost)—it is regrettably hard to get cozy with this big guy.


Odfjell "Orzada" Carménère: Other Opinions

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