Here’s a 2009 red blend from Chile’s Maule Valley that will cost you $8 at Costco.
Say! This stuff is pretty good for $8! So, why I have I been preparing to “not recommend” it?
Because when I first opened it, it really wasn’t very good. But on day 2, this wine is very enjoyable — almost delicious. Although its aroma remains musty and nondescript, the taste has transformed from green, under-ripe sterno to a dry, alcohol-ish transport device for tannins. This glass of unknown dark and dusty fruit combined with spice and cigar paper is making me want more and more.
60% cabernet, 25% carmenere, and 15% syrah. 13.5% alcohol. If you don’t have the patience to wait a day after opening it (and re-corking, of course), then you might want to buy a decanter and let it sit for an hour or two before enjoying.