Cono Sur

Bicicleta Carménère

8.6133 ratings
8.11 pro ratings
Chile
Carménère
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I'm no connoisseur of Cono Sur--bad pun. ;) I only see Chilean wines from giant Concha y Toro (Cono Sur & Casillero del Diablo). Hesitantly, I dove in hoping for cheap & cheerful, but Bicicleta must have veered into a lake...on opening, it was wet dreck. Aired out, it was "drinkable" and its engineered flavors emerged--peppery, berried, café de olla. Aged 9 months in steel vats (or silos?), 7 of which had wood thrown in. Cono Sur churns out +4 million bottles per year = Factory wine...and not their top seller.

I'm no connoisseur of Cono Sur--bad pun. ;) I only see Chilean wines from giant Concha y Toro (Cono Sur & Casillero del Diablo). Hesitantly, I dove in hoping for cheap & cheerful, but Bicicleta must have veered into a lake...on opening, it was wet dreck. Aired out, it was "drinkable" and its engineered flavors emerged--peppery, berried, café de olla. Aged 9 months in steel vats (or silos?), 7 of which had wood thrown in. Cono Sur churns out +4 million bottles per year = Factory wine...and not their top seller.

1 person found it helpfulApr 28th, 2015
Sylvia Tsang

One of my favorite Carmeneres our three! Not too spicy, soft on the pallet and very favorable.

One of my favorite Carmeneres our three! Not too spicy, soft on the pallet and very favorable.

Apr 17th, 2018
Sheila StCyr

Unlike some of the other reviews, I really enjoyed this wine. Cherry flavors were delicious...

Unlike some of the other reviews, I really enjoyed this wine. Cherry flavors were delicious...

Mar 16th, 2018
Meredith Boram

Really like.

Really like.

Dec 19th, 2017
Mary Sprute

Some hints that I don’t love but still a good wine. Raspberry. Leathery? Meh.

Some hints that I don’t love but still a good wine. Raspberry. Leathery? Meh.

Oct 18th, 2017
Joe F
8.2

Light cherry. Drinkable. CR purchase

Light cherry. Drinkable. CR purchase

Jul 17th, 2017
Sean Ragusa

First experience with Chilean wine. Underwhelmed, but not giving up hope.

First experience with Chilean wine. Underwhelmed, but not giving up hope.

Jan 4th, 2017
kasimir bujak

aromas show tobacco, leather, vegetal
flavors of green, tobacco, savory.... great for price. will help you decide if you like carmenere or not. :)

aromas show tobacco, leather, vegetal
flavors of green, tobacco, savory.... great for price. will help you decide if you like carmenere or not. :)

Aug 2nd, 2016
Pati Devereux

Lovely everyday wine.

Lovely everyday wine.

Jul 26th, 2016
Brian Dugan

Great with the monkfish

Great with the monkfish

Jul 7th, 2016