Arboleda Carmenere 2009
Carmenère is one of the South American success stories, one of the grapes nearly lost in its native Europe now thriving in the New World. At one time it was a grape widely planted in Bordeaux but nowadays it is only really seen in Chilean wines. The Carmenère vineyards belonging to Arboleda are located in the Valle de Colchagua (120 miles south of Santiago) where the soils are a deep clay-loam mixture. Carmenère has a dark and violet color, its bouquet is of blueberry, black pepper, coffee and vanilla aromas. This wine is well-balanced, fresh and fruity and will go perfectly with a nice piece of red meat or heartier dishes.
Maison Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2008
I choose this month a Gewurztraminer from a well-known producer in Alsace, France: Trimbach. This wine is fruity and spicy and will be excellent as an aperitif or will match fabulously with some exotic spicy meal, smelly French cheeses or tough-to-pair Asian dishes. The Alsace region is very close to the border with Germany, which makes sense when you consider winemakers there famous for their remarkable Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The vast majority of Alsatian wines never leave France, though what is exported has found a welcome place in the American market. This is a must try from a classic producer … You will not be disappointed.