Good Morning Gentle Readers,
TWC was stacking cans of beans, green olives, and chicken broth. Checking expiry dates and giving dented and leaking cans (and those swollen with deadly botulism) the heave ho. Gold and shotgun shells won't get you thru the collapse of western civilization if you're sitting on the john with a case of the butt.
A half hour into this drudgery, TWC noticed that, there, way back on the deep shelf of the garage pantry, were two empty wine bottles. Din't think much about it at first because I often stash empty wine bottles to remind myself that a review is in order. Din't think much about it at second until the realization sunk in that these were *full* bottles of 2001 Primus. I mean, that's like finding a fifty in your jeans after they went through the wash. Free money. Yes it was yours to begin with, but it's still free money. I remain clueless as to how the Primus ended up on the back shelf, but I immediately opened one bottle to ensure that the wine quality remained intact.
Veramonte Winery’s Primus is a rich mouthful of red wine from the Casa Blanca Valley of Chile featuring the lost grape Carménère, together with Merlot, and Cabernet in that order. This is an elegant and complex wine with many layers of subtle flavors and aromas. Matched with a fine meal your guests will be singularly impressed (they’ll think you spent a lot more than you did, always a plus).
Primus is made with the same detail-intense winemaking practices reserved for the top Cabernet based wines of the world. In the vineyards, yields are managed to a meager 2-3 tonsper acre to provide concentration and intensity. All of the grapes go through a meticulous double sorting process before crush to ensure that only the most pristine bunches and berriesmake it into the winery. Primus is aged in the finest French and American oak for 12-18 months. Chile’s unique terroir and economic advantage allows us to deliver world-class qualityand value in every glass with rich, dense fruit, exotic spice and a long, textured finish.
The wine is a deep, dark opaque garnet with exotic spice, toast and hints of tobacco and mint. Massive and mouth-filling with exotic spice and ripe fruit. Lush, with blackberry and cherry notes and smooth, powerful tannins.
Yes, I know, Gentle Reader, there ain't no more 2001. But, Primus is consistently muy bueno across the years and there are many vintages that price out at about twenty dollars US.