On the solstice, I celebrated my birthday with a group of wonderful friends. Each woman who joined me brought a bottle of Chilaen Carménère! (I have the best friends in the universe.) Every bottle I tried was great, but the one that really stood out was the Santa Alicia Carménère .
I am not well-versed in the wine talk, but will do my best to describe this beauty of a bottle. The distinct peppery tobacco spice immediately awakened my own inner Santa Alicia. There were blackberries in there and some dark cherries too. So damn delicious. This bottle really let’s you know somethin’ about the Carménère, the deepest, darkest, purplest of all red grapes that needs a long growing season to reach its fullest potential.
Who is Santa Alicia anyway? Santa Alicia or Saint Alice (1204–1250) is the patron saint of the blind and paralyzed. Her story is quite sad, but I know by drinking the wine from the winery of her namesake, (and also my namesake in 7th grade Spanish class) my eyes opened to the essence of the divine grape and I danced into the night under a sliver of the moon. Muchas gracias, Santa Alicia.
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