October 11, 2010

A Chilean Blend: 2008 Palo Alto Reserve

I was recently able to try a current blend from Palo Alto wines in Chile. According to their website, Palo Alto"was born in 2006 with the aim of presenting the best of the Maule Valley." The 2008 Palo Alto Reserve is a blend of 60% Cabernet, 25% Carmenere, and 15% Syrah.

The wine is nearly opaque in my glass. Dark purplish-black color. On the nose, the wine shows some serious green pepper notes upon opening, the Cabernet speaking the loudest at first. With air, thick blue and black fruit scents emerge. There's some prominent new oak here, it's a bit of a detractor right now. Perhaps in time, some of that oak will get mellowed a bit, but it's present now. The wine retails for around $10 and is a decent value for that price; especially if you like big fruited-new world-ish wines. It would do well matched with some grilled meat on a cold night.

Disclaimer: This wine was provided to me as a sample from the pr folks at The Thomas Collective.

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