Two more Chileans from Trader Joe’s. I’m making a spicy steak pizza and thought these would be good pairings. The blend is 50-50.
Color: very dark purple
Aroma: fruity, with lots of black plum and a hint of cassis.
Taste: pretty standard Merlot profile; the Malbec adds a little bit of spiciness up front and some tannin on the end. It’s also a little hot; the Merlot might have been picked too early.
Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon (2011) Colchagua Valley, Chile $6.00
Color: Cabernet red with a slight tinge of ochre on the rim; oak-aged most likely.
Aroma: not very big – some spice, a little bit of cherry fruit.
Taste: cassis and cocoa; the oak is just right for a New World styled wine. On the finish, this has dried fruit and some herbal notes as well. It’s a little jammy for my tastes, but it has enough acidity for food.
A good selection: neither are world-beaters, but they both have something good to offer, and certainly fit the “value wine” category,