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2009 Cuvee Del Maule


Cauquenes, Chile / $15-$19 Retail


The devastating 2010 earthquake off the coast of Chile's Maule region shook up more than the populace. Winery barrels holding the 2009 vintage were tossed about and smashed. Winemaker Baptiste Cuvelier shaped this gem from the surviving casks. It includes 36 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 percent Carmenere, 22 percent Carignan, 4 percent Cinsault and 2 percent Pais. Aromas of blackberry, currants, blueberry and black pepper lead into dark fruit flavors, with plum, espresso, vanilla, spice and a hint of mint. Decant two to four hours before serving. Drink it with grilled or roasted meats and game. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Market, W.I.N.O. and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Boucherie, Mondo and W.I.N.O. — Brenda Maitland

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