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2009 Cantora Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

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Colchagua Valley, Chile

$10 Retail

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This well-balanced wine is a blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides backbone, and 50 percent Chile's signature varietal, Carmenere, which adds spice. Full-bodied and well-structured, the wine's velvety tannins and elegant texture make it approachable, and it's a steal at 10 bucks. It offers aromas of dark fruit, spice and dried herbs, with hints of coffee and tobacco. On the palate, taste ripe cassis, plum and blackberry with mineral and earth notes. Drink it with grilled or roasted meats, hamburgers, barbecue, hearty stews and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets. — Brenda Maitland

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