Secreto Malbec 2009

 

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Viu Manent Winery is among Chile’s leading wine producers, with exports to five continents.

Family owned since 1935, Viu Manent has come a long way over the past 75 years, marked by the Viu family’s love of the trade and their ongoing commitment to the quality of its wines.


LABEL

Really loved the eclectic art work on the label.  Certainly make you stop to pick it up.

COLOR

On the palate, more blackberry and cherry with a decent amount of spice. Full bodied, very nice long and smooth finish.

AROMA

Big, prominent nose, some cherry, blackberry, vanilla and oak.

TASTE

On the palate, more blackberry and cherry with a decent amount of spice. Full bodied, very nice long and smooth finish.

PAIRING

Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, pasta.

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $12, this one ranks high on the value scale

THE BOTTOM LINE

At around $12, this wine is a wonderful value. The next time you’re taking down some prime steer make sure you’re armed with one of these bad boys. Pick one up today – you’ll enjoy it. Salud!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

 

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 64  What’s This?


Vintage: 2009
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Cachapoal Valley
Country: Chile
Winemaker: Viu Manent Winery
Average Price: $12

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Josh Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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An award winning sommelier and successful wine executive, Josh Carr realized after 9/11, that life was too short, and decided to go for his dreams, founding Joseph Carr Winery in 2005.

The winery operates under the negociant model, dedicated to producing hand crafted wines, made from the best grapes sourced from growers in Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California.

This particular bottle, Josh, named after his father, is part of Carr Winery’s second label, Josh Cellars. Carr jokingly refer to these wines as “vin de garage.”, however, these wines are all in fact handcrafted and sourced from organic growers.


LABEL

Nice, simple, clean and understated label.

COLOR

Good rich, dark color.

AROMA

A little bit of oak and fruit on the nose.  I let it sit for about 10 mins before trying it.

TASTE

On the palate, blackcurrant, spice, plums. Full bodied. Great long finish.

PAIRING

Pair with grilled red meats, ribs, meat sauced pastas.

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $11 this represents a great value.

THE BOTTOM LINE

At around $11, this is a value cabernet sauvignon and a strong quality second label offering from a talented wine maker. A diamond in the rough. Pick one up today! Salud!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

 

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 73  What’s This?


Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Sonoma
State: California
Winemaker: Josh Cellars/Joseph Carr Winery
Average Price: $11

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