Curico Valley, Chile; 13.5% ABV
produced and bottled by Aresti Chile Wine, Ltd.
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Sept
Much like the Montemar 2010 Harmonia blend, this wine is very good for the very low price. In fact, I thought it was excellent, quite tasty and lacking what I thought were the flaws of the Harmonia.
This wine also needed about 90 minutes in a decanter to really open up, showing ripe, smooth, balanced, and nicely structured flavors of cherry and boysenberry / blackberry, with only a little of the typical Carmenérè tar / creosote and raspberry liqueur. Really, it was very nearly like a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a darn good one for $3.
The second half, saved in a 375ml bottle stoppered with very little air, was even better. The fruit was darker, more forward, and more complex: tarry blackberry, dark plum, black raspberry, creosote, earth / prune, still balanced with a sharp red raspberry finish. Amazing for $3.