The curse of the humble wine enthusiast is this: as your appreciation for good wine grows, the cost to obtain “good” wine rises. As much as I would enjoy drinking fine Napa Cabernet or French Bordeaux every night, I am more than likely drinking a solid bargain wine instead. And that, in a nutshell, is why I do this blog every week: to share solid bargain wines with you!
South America is a paradise for really excellent, but still affordable, red wines. Chile, in particular, has become one of my go-to regions for good Cabernet Sauvignon. Concha y Toro is a mass producer of decent low-cost wines, but they also produce quality single vineyard wines that highlight Chile’s diverse wine regions. The Marques de Casa Concha, for example, is a very fragrant Cabernet Sauvignon. Ranked five times in the Top 100 Wines of the Year by Wine Spectator, the 2013 has pronounced bell pepper and tobacco leaf aromas with a whiff of stewed apple. I had it the other night at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, and enjoyed the tart cherry flavors and long peppery finish.
If you’re looking for a fine Cabernet Sauvignon that drinks more expensive than its $19 price tag, the Marques de Casa Concha fits the bill!
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2013 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon four corks.
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