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2008 Calcu Red Blend 

Colchagua Valley, Chile

$10-$16 Retail

This great value is one of the highly prized super Chilean blends emerging from producers in Colchagua Valley. It's a well-balanced blend of 45 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent carmenere and 15 percent each of cabernet franc and petit verdot. A portion of the wine was aged in previously used French oak barrels, and the rest remained in stainless steel. The full-bodied wine exudes concentrated aromas of black currants and cherry, violets, cedar and leathery notes. On the palate, taste black fruit flavors, plum, cassis, penetrating minerality, crisp acidity and well-integrated tannins. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with beef kebabs, cured or smoked meats, barbecue, hearty tomato-based dishes, stews, lasagna, pizza, roast fowl and grilled meats. Buy it at: Rouses in Mid-City and Uptown, Bacchanal and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Bacchanal.

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