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2011 Apaltagua Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Colchagua, Chile

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$10-$12 Retail

Sixty percent of the grapes in this bottling come from Chile's Colchagua Valley region. Apaltaugua is a pioneer in biodynamic farming in Chile, and after hand-harvesting and gentle crushing, 50 percent of the wine is aged in new French oak barrels, which enhances cabernet sauvignon's characteristics and imparts vanilla tones to complement the wine's black cherry and dark chocolate flavors. On the palate, taste tobacco, smoked meat, spice, violets and black pepper. Decant an hour before serving to aerate. Drink it with grilled steaks, prime rib, roasted peppers, sausages, aged firm cheeses, burgers and pizza. Buy it at: most Rouses and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Dijon Restaurant and New York Pizza.

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