Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wine Wednesday: Chilean Cabernets

My fondness for Cabernet is no secret, and the best Cabs I've had recently for under $12 all have one thing in common: they come from Chile. My preference in Cabs runs to the dry and tannic; Econo Boy prefers them fruitier. But we've both enjoyed these three Chilean Cabernets:

1) Andes Peak Reserva

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Yum! Rich, full-bodied, and a great color. Very fruity -- the color and taste reminded me of a mixture of blackberries and cherries. We opened this with the first grilled steaks of the spring, and were delighted at how approachable and elegant it was.

2) Xplorador, from Concha y Toro.

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I discovered Xplorador when I was buying wine for our department holiday party, and it's quickly become a staple of our inexpensive mixed cases. It's only $8 a bottle at the local liquor store, and it's a nice, rich, slightly dry cab that tastes much more expensive than it is.

3) brings us to my personal favorite: Casillero del Diablo, also from Concha y Toro.

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This is a bold wine, with serious tannins on the finish. I love wines that make me sit up a bit straighter as I sip them, and this one fit that bill!


CaitStClair | A Peachy Bride said...

The Casillero del Diablo also gets the locals' stamp of approval. It's one of the ones I remember being served at a family dinner while I was down there. I'd definitely second the recommendation.

Miss Rye Bread said...

Cabs are great, but have you tried the chilean carmeneres?? out of this world!
You can order them from bevmo (
The anakena and montes are both really good!
If you can find it, the Perez Cruz Carmenere is THE BEST. They sell it for $15 here, but I don't know how much in the states (there's always a mark-up)

Bride in Exile said...

CaitStClair, I'm so jealous you've been to Chile! One of our best friends climbed an active volcano there last year. I'm not sure I'd go for that particular activity, but South America is high on my list of places to visit soon.

Miss Rye Bread, I really need to drink more Carmenere. I've had a couple of good ones by the glass at restaurants and bars, but I've never bought a whole bottle for ourselves. I'm definitely going to grab one or two the next time we go to the liquor store! (Econo Boy's birthday is coming up, there will have to be some wine buying in our future.)