La Fonda Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2009

By | July 2, 2013

I loved the label on this wine, everyone looks so cheerful as they sing and play guitar and wave their walking stick in the air.  Surely this wine could cheer anyone up, if not cure the lame.

It comes from a Fair Trade co-op in Chile, so you can rest assured there’s no indentured labourers being sprayed with pesticides in the middle of the day.

Oddly, I don’t think about that much, except when a wine has Fair Trade on the label.  Perhaps unfair trade suppliers should have a variation of the logo with a crying man in red and orange rather than the happy waving chap in Fair Trade Land, that would help me make better decisions.

La Fonda Cabernet Carmenere smelled good, with plums and blackcurrants.  It was dry, with some firm tannins, along with some that could best be described as robust, or maybe rustic.  There was a definite green-ness in there from the Carmenere.

This wasn’t my favourite wine, but Carmenere isn’t my favourite grape, so I didn’t expect it to be, but for a Cabernet Carmenere blend it was pretty good, and if you enjoy that tannin hit, then you’ll love it.