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2013 Cono Sur Bicicleta Cabernet Sauvignon 

Central Valley, Chile

Retail $9-$11

The Cono Sur winery was founded 22 years ago in central Chile in Chimbarongo, 100 miles south of Santiago. The winery's 40 estates total 2,200 acres of vineyards in one of the world's southernmost wine-producing regions. This organic wine is a blend of 88 percent cabernet sauvignon and small amounts of merlot, carmenere, syrah, malbec, petit verdot and Alicante Bouschet. The wine was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Following vinification, 20 percent was aged in oak barrels and 80 percent in stainless steel for eight months. In the glass, it offers aromas of cassis, red berries and oak hints. On the palate, taste plum, currants, spice, earthiness, cocoa, vanilla and firm tannins. Decant 45 minutes before serving. Drink it with beef, lamb, barbecue, burgers, pasta dishes and spicy sauces. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market in Uptown and Metairie and many Rouses. Drink it at: Richard Fiske's Martini Bar and Restaurant, Ye Olde College Inn, Capdeville, Rock 'N' Bowl and Circle Bar.


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