|Viña Ulmo Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Chile)
||[Dec. 22nd, 2004|05:41 pm]
I simply had to try Viña Ulmo after reading the label: "A youthful, deep red wine, easy-drinking and ripe, with a distinctive aroma of green pepper and coffee. It is soft and smooth with rich chocolate and berry notes."
I found one of those comparisons to be accurate. When I was in elementary school, I remember eating lunch with Azure H., Cameron H., and Nathaniel E., and somebody always brought half a green pepper (bell, capsicum) and the four of us would drink cherry cola from the pepper.
Weird? Well, this is a weird wine. The green pepper aroma and taste overwhelmed me. It tasted like green peppers that have been cooked with beef, recalling the domestic dispute of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. Someone commented that it smelled like rancid meat, and someone else was sure the wine contained bull's blood, but the label boasts of its suitability for vegetarians.
If one can get past the capsicum impressions and the smell of rotting meat, this reasonably priced table wine is smooth, watery, and easy-drinking.
EDIT: After writing this review, I decided to do a quick search to see how other people liked this wine:
"Vina Ulmo, which is £3.29 from M & S smelt of damp dog and lacked acidity. It deteriorated during the evening to smell of ashtrays." from http://www.quaffersoffers.co.uk/col200438.htm
I am not going to rate this wine using the Davis scale, because I'd have to give it some undeserved points for color. This wine remains unrated.