Palo Alto Reserve red wine review

7 01 2011

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.

Recommended, and if it weren’t so quirky when first opened, it would also be a Best Value.Palo Alto Reserve red wine review

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20 05 2011
Review:Palo Alto Reserva 2009 | Regularwino.com

[…] Wineguider.com suggested that this would improve after being open for a day or two. In fact he suggested it was almost delicious. Unfortunately however, I don’t have the time, patience or the organisation to open my wines a day in advance. I did take a sniff and sample from the remainder of the bottle the next day, but it hadn’t really improved or changed all that much in my opinion. […]

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