Fact: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons are can be fine wines at good prices. This one is a good example, priced as it is in the $12.50 range. Aromas of bright red fruit, including plums, greet you on first sniff. The flavors are a little more complex, with currant and blackberry mingling with a touch of oak, cocoa and smoke. Supple tannins and a good acid structure are friendly on the tongue; the wine dances to a tart finish.
The wine is a blend of 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 percent Syrah, 5 percent Carmenère and 2 percent Cabernet Franc.
Feeling: I visited Chile a few years ago and so I’ve been following news of the earthquake and its aftermath fairly closely. One way to support the country at this difficult time is to buy its products, so I have been searching out new Chilean wines to add to the list of ones I already love. This may not be quite as full-bodied as some cult Cabs from California, but it is far more food friendly. It was paired with braised short ribs, a combination that made both better.