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Monday, August 25, 2008

Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Terra AndinaIt’s easy to buy a good wine if you’re OK with plunking down thirty bucks or so on a consistently highly-rated brand, but the real satisfaction comes from finding an inexpensive wine that drinks like an expensive one — one that will elicit raves from your wine enthusiast friends, but leave you chuckling at how little you spent. Everyone loves a bargain!

Now that I’m into my second case and about to spring for a third, I guess I’ll share my secret, favorite new find: The Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Valle Central, Chile) is a helluva deal. There’s cedar and a little tobacco on the nose, and plenty of blackberry and dark cherry fruit on the palate. It’s medium-bodied, with just enough tannin to give it some structure and food-pairing ability. Don’t even think about cellaring it — this is a drink-now wine that is delicious straight out of the bottle, and opens up further after 10 minutes or so of decanting. I can tell you from personal experience that it pairs very well with grilled lamb, steak and burgers, and is just the ticket for an everyday, after-work sipper.

The bottom line? $6.99 a bottle — about as much as you’d pay in a restaurant for a glass of something much inferior. If your local wine purveyor doesn’t have it, check with Grapevine Cottage in Zionsville.
J. Silverheels Gray, 8:31 PM


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