2010 Meli Carignane Maule Valley (Previously $13)
According to the Wine Spectator: "Open-knit, with round notes of spicy plum, cherry, pepper and underbrush that turn a touch hot on the finish. Drink now." (Web only, 2012) Adriana Cerda, the experienced winemaker at this Chilean winery located in the cooler climate southerly Maule Valley, does not bother so much with the usual international varietals which have become Chile's calling card. Rather, she makes riesling and carignane. It is organic, dry farmed, and from older vines. And it is good wine, showing rich red fruits and hints of orange rind on the nose, with a big rich red fruited palate showing lots of presence and flavor intensity. A richer version than our '08, this wine has 7% cab blended in to the blend.