Hello everyone, March is in full swing and after a nice week of weather we are again stuck with bad weather - perfect weather to write in! This Wine Forum entry has no specific topic, but will focus on a few wines I have had the past few weeks that would be ideal for you to seek out. A few of the pricier bottles would be ideal for a special occasion and the value priced wines are of course full of character for any occasion!
Lets start with the values coming from all parts of the world. We'll start in Chile, where the recent devastating earthquake has caused havoc and left many producers in dire straights with broken equipment and lost inventories of older vintages. Chile has a diverse set if micro-climates, allowing it to excel with a few different grape varietals. Carmenere is the grape that Chile has decided to focus on, similar to Argentina and its famous Malbec. Carmenere has yet to gain real traction globally so the verdict is still out, however success has been had with blending it into more popular Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon. Today I have included a great Chardonnay from Chile that is a pure expression of the grape. This is the best Chardonnay I recall having for under $15 in a long time. Also from South America, I have included a Cabernet and Malbec from the great Argentine winery Vina Cobos. As many of you know by now I am a big fan of Paul Hobbs and he plays a great deal into making the wines of Vina Cobos.
$14 - 2007 Errazuriz Chardonnay "Wild Ferment"
Last year the 2007 was my #2 wine value of the year. The 2008 from what I hear is just as good.
I actually scored this one with points its so good! We has this with a skirt steak marinated in Chimichurri sauce and the pairing was perfect. The Lujan de Cuyo was reviewed last year and this wine is developing nicely, I 'd score this a point or two above the last bottle we had and you can read the review here.
9% Cabernet France