SRP of $13 and available at that price. Sample received courtesy Wines of Chile for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“From the most privileged terroir of Chile’s Maipo Valley, comes Viña Haras de Pirque’s Character family of wines, symbolized by a grape leaf and a stylized horseshoe, the unique shape of the winery.
We’ve come to the last wine in our series on Chile and perhaps fittingly this one is a blend of several different varieties. It hails from the Maipo Valley where the capital of Chile, Santiago, is located. And interestingly enough this vineyard has an internationally renowned thoroughbred breeding farm. Evidently wine helps the horses get it on too. (It also explains the horseshoe on the label.)
The 2007 Haras de Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon – Carménère begins with light aromas of dark fruit plus a whole lot of green pepper and earthiness, dirt and some dried herbs. Tasting the wine I was surprised to find lots of berry flavor plus touch of black olives. Some of the earthiness from the nose also carries over which gives this wine quite an interesting mix of really nice flavors. The finish is dry, spicy and fruity. Like many of these wines, this one also improved as it got some air and was at its best on day 2. Another wine to add to your shopping list!
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Overall Rating: 7.5
Wines in the Tour of Chile Series
1) 2010 Emiliana Natura Carménère
2) 2008 Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carménère
3) 2008 Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carménère
4) 2008 Montes Alpha Carménère
5) 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva Carménère
6) 2009 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carménère
7) 2009 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carménère
8) 2007 Haras de Pirque Character
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