Wine Wednesday: Bodegas Carchelo "C" | Buzz Blog
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you. DONATE

Wine Wednesday: Bodegas Carchelo "C"



I don't usually fall into the trap of buying wine based on packaging -- that is, clever or cute labels and such. However, last week a bottle in the wine store really caught my eye and, well, I bought it. I'm glad I did! ---

Bodegas Carchelo is a winery located in the Carche Valley, near Jumilla -- Spain's most arid wine region, with vineyards planted on rocky soils: fertile, but with little vegetation. Despite that, the area produces wines brimming with generous fruit.

Carchelo plants mainly Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) and Syrah, but also grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo in smaller quantities. This wine -- Bodegas Carchelo "C" ($14.99) -- is a 40/40/20 percent blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. It's intensely colored, almost purple, and highly aromatic with generous fruit aromas and flavor. There's lots of black fruit -- especially blackberries on both the nose and palate -- along with some spiciness and hints of ripe fig.

I drank this wine with an interesting, spicy dish at Log Haven restaurant: Serrano chile pasta (pappardelle-style noodles) with chunks of smoked duck in a melange of poblano chiles, sweet onions, Beehive Habanero cheddar cheese, chipotle butter and topped with mango salsa. I think Carchelo "C" would also be terrific with grilled or roasted lamb dishes.

Yes, the label and bottle look very cool, but what's inside is just as appealing.