Old Habits Die Hard (No Reference to Bruce Willis)

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So it’s Monday, I’ve officially announced that I would NOT be doing a “Wine of the Week” any longer, but here it is anyway!


I hadn’t planned this post, in fact, I was racking my brain (sort of the same as racking wine) to figure out what wine I might be able to write about this week. I had nothing.

Sunday night rolls around and I’m thinking about what to eat more than anything. Food and sustenance carry a little more weight than wine (but not much). Remembering that I printed a recipe for homemade pasta and bought the correct flour (Ø Ø if you must know), I decided that it would be a good day to tackle this new effort. Yes, I’ve never made homemade pasta before. Before I go too far, I would also like to point out that I won’t be doing it again anytime soon as I had to use a rolling pin for the pasta. There will be no picture as the pasta tended to be a tad “weighty” for general consumption, but I managed. I can see a Kitchenaide pasta roller in my future if I’m going to do this more often.

The addition of some organic chicken breasts and organic pre-made pasta sauce (come on, one homemade item per night is plenty), made for a nice meal. Looking at some of my older vintage wines, I came across a winery that I usually attribute to more everyday styles, but in this case, the wine was something special. After all, “a special wine for a special meal” I always say.

Casa Silva Carmenère Microterroir 2011


There’s actually a little more to the name, but I decided to shorten it. Made with 100% Carmenère coming from micro-terroir plots from the Los Lingues Estate, Colchagua Valley, Chili, 100% of the wine sees French Oak for a period of 12 months. On the nose, I picked up a little of what I called stewed fruit. One reviewer mentioned balsamic notes. Take your pick. Not offensive or even that prevalent. On the palate, the deep dark wine follows through with similar flavor notes. Dried red fruit with a bramble quality, nice spice, and slightly bigger tannins to complete the long finish.

From my research, it appears that 2011 is the most recent vintage produced of this wine, so I wouldn’t expect you to come across anything from a newer vintage. While it may still have a few years left in it, I also wouldn’t expect it to change too much going forward. If you like your wines a little brighter and fresher, I would opt for their Cuvee Colchagua Carmenère. It is also a little easier on the wallet at around $15 a bottle versus around $40 for the Microterroir.