Curico Valley, Chile
produced and bottled by Aresti Chile Wine, Ltd.
35% Syrah, 35% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc; 13.5% ABV
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Sept
I was a bit worried about this wine for a while. The nose and palate had a strong sulfur / green bell pepper component, and the flavors of red cherry, redder boysenberry, and black raspberry clashed a bit. But the flavors and the wine overall integrated surprisingly well after about 80 minutes in the glass. The sulfur almost completely went away and the smaller amount of bell pepper was almost fruity. Particularly for the price, I give this wine, on the lighter end of full-bodied, a big Thumbs Up.
The second half of this wine, stored a day in a 375ml bottle with a stopper and very little air, was more forward and perhaps more abrasive, but otherwise much the same. There are also a Montemar 2010 Syrah and a Montemar 2010 Carmenérè for the same price.