Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Quick Swirl: Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvingnon 2002 (NW)

A Quick Swirl tasting:

Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2002:

Raspberry jam on the nose
Chocolate and coffee on the palate
Strong tannins, earthy finish

This wine is young and powerful. It exhibits a lot of the Chilean characteristics with its dark color, rich flavor, and strong tannins. I ran a taste test versus an Australian Shiraz and paired both wines with Swedish meatballs spiced with nutmeg and caraway. The Cab was too powerful, while the Shiraz complimented the dish with silky texture and a burst of pepper.

However, I enjoyed the Cab on its own after dinner. This is yet another great value out of Chile. I paid $16 for the bottle at a wine merchant in Florida. Show me a powerful Cab at this price from California. Actually, there aren't any. You pay at least $25 for a wine of this caliber and often $50 or $75. I really love California Cab, but when you find Chile on the shelves it's worth a look. Especially on a Wednesday night in March! Raise a glass!

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