This review is brought to you by Archer Roose, purveyors of fine wine bringing you "splendory without snobbery".
The Archer Roose Carmenere has an SRP of $29.99 for a 3 liter box (equivalent to 4 bottles). It is also available in a 250ml can. Sample submitted for review.
From the box:
With great ambition and an adventurous spirit, Archer Roose brings you artisan-quality wine in quite sensible packaging. So you can tickle your finer fancies while pinching a pretty penny.
Wine brimming with character - We've always had an appreciation for the boundary-pushers, the feather rufflers and the unconventional explorers. In fact, Archer Roose is named after two such characters: Edith Wharton's distinguished Newland Archer and the boisterous Theodore Roosevelt. This contrast of sophistication and exploration makes our wine just as well-suited for fine dining as it is for unrefined adventuring.
We hope it will bring the characters in your life together as you delight in uncorkable conversations. So as you embark on your journey, keep your eyes on the stars and your wine in a box.
One of our tricks for finding affordable wine is to seek out lesser known varieties from the places they grow best. Carmenere from Chile is the perfect example of a grape that while on the rise, still doesn't have the name recognition that allows it to ask a premium in price. Combine that with the ultra affordable box format that we love and you've just found a great value.
The 2014 Archer Roose Carmenere begins with a pleasing and expressive aroma full of spicy plums, red cherry, a touch of green pepper, a little cola and cedar. Taking a sip reveals a really tasty wine with smooth, soft tannins and similar flavors to the nose with a bit more cola. Some oaky notes come out mid-palate and lead into the surprisingly long, soft, dry finish. A very good, inexpensive and crowd-pleasing example of Carmenere which is just what you want in a box!