It is very rare that this California girl gets out of her own state let alone the country when it comes to wine. But, lo! The Briscoe found her way to Chile…or at least Chilean wine…

About the Wine: The Ventisquero “Grey” is a blend of 62% Garnacha (Grenache), 19% Cariñena (Carignan), and 19% Mataro (Mourvédre) harvested from La Robleria, Apalta in the Colchagua Valley of Chile. The three varieties are grown within the same lot, but harvested at different times due to ripening. The grapes were kept separately during the winemaking process; each included about 50% whole cluster. The wines aged in 100% French oak barrels (all used) for six months.

14% ABV

Flavor Profile: Open the bottle and breathe in dark scents of mud, olives (black), and plum jam. The wine is blood red on the pour. In the glass, it’s just the same but a bit more ‘dried blood’ in the center, fading out to a kind of light rouge. But penetrable from center on out. Initial aromas are of purple flowers, balsamic, cranberry, hint cacao or mocha. Swirl to find vibrant acidity brings the fruits more alive; there’s a bit more of the lighter red fruits as well like cranberry and raspberry. Florals are a constant steady background.

The wine is light bodied, very strong with acidity through and through. There’s a light touch of tannins that just kiss the center of the tip of the tongue on the long lingering finish. Dominant flavors are of cranberry, raspberry, hint oak wood, hint cumin, maybe a bit of spearmint.

Lovely, light, easy to drink and yet layers to discover.

Food Pairing: Grilled scallops on top of a corn purée.

More Info: I received the Ventisquero “Grey” Garnacha Cariñena Mataro as a sample for review. (Cheers Donna!) Price: $23 (according to generic Google search). I’m sorry I don’t have more info on this wine, but if/when I do I’ll be sure to update.

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