Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | January 23, 2011

A Killer 90 Point Rated Chilean Find for Less Than $8!

You can be forgiven if you are unfamiliar with the Carmenere grape – few US wine connoisseurs are regular imbibers of the French originated varietal (found originally in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, France).

Those who are familiar with the grape largely know it as one of the original six grapes comprising the famous bottlings from Bordeaux. For the trivia fans out there, the others five are Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit verdot. Most closely aligned in color, taste and climate with Cabernet wines, the Carmenere has all but been disowned by its French forbearers. The family feud has resulted in great news for South America where the grape has taken hold as one of Chile’s most successful varietals.

And it is to Chile that this week’s superb value review was found. As we opened the 2008 Santa Alicia Reserve Carmenere, it was clear we had found something special. As the nice spice packed flavors pop in your mouth, you are put on notice that this is a different kind of wine – one my wife aptly noted “tastes like wine should taste.”

After breathing for several minutes, the 2008 further blossomed as the deep black cherry flavors blended nicely with a mellowed and subdued vanilla flavor layered throughout each glass. The 2008 reminds you of what an enjoyable $15 Chilean bottle should taste like. In this case – you get the enjoyable experience for half that price!

The 2008 Santa Alicia is on sale right now at Cost Plus World Markets where you can pick up a bottle for $7.99! As we finished the Santa Alicia both my wife and I realized what a truly budget find we had discovered. We decided on the spot to head out and pick up a case of the Chilean red before the masses learn of this 90 point rated beauty. Enjoy!



  1. Great value there, and thank you for highlighting that Carmenere was/is in fact part of the Bordeaux ‘blend’ – was not aware of that.

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