I’m thinking an explanation is probably in order. While this week’s “Wine of the Week” cost me only two dollars, it did retail for $11.99. As a preferred customer with a frequent buyer card from this particular wine shop, I happened to have a $10 credit on my account. Simple math, 11.99 minus 10 equals 1.99, or two bucks.
Ah, but what really drove me to search out this week’s wine was even at $11.99 it managed to get a whopping 95 Point score from a leading foreign magazine. (That’s the closest I can come without divulging the name, and since I don’t have a professional agreement with them, I am choosing not to mention their name). But as a hint, it’s what you put your wine into before serving when you want to let the wine breath.
Enough of that. So this week’s wine is
Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015
Hailing from the Maipo Andes in Chile and is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon - 4% Carmenere - 2 % Cabernet Franc and is aged for 12 months in 60% American and 40% French oak barrel (25% new), this 900,000 bottle production is very definitely a serious contender. Opening the wine I was hit with dark fruit with a wisp of a herbal element. Not off-putting, but enough to notice. Not that it is anywhere near a fault, and at the risk of starting a war about it, it was not that green pepper quality that you sometimes get with South American wines, which (and here comes the war part) I think is a fault in a wine. The foreign magazine called it a leafy note on the aroma side and mint on the palate. Fair enough for me. Additionally, the wine shows a subtleness on the palate and smoothness throughout to a nice medium length finish.
So what do you think I ate with this wine? I could give you three guesses but you’d still never get it!
Leftover meatloaf (homemade mind you) with mashed potatoes. I was going to include peas, but in my hast to write this while eating, I forgot about them! I can’t be eating tenderloins and ribs all the time. Besides, the focus in this particular case was the wine, not the food. Side note; the meatloaf rocked even the day after.
So here I am eating leftovers with MY $2 wine. What’s left to say? While the wine was very good, it didn’t come up to what I would call a 95 Point wine. A healthy 90 – 91 most assuredly! I might even be persuaded to add a point for the low price, even though that’s not something I like to do for every wine.
With almost a million bottles produced, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding the wine. Prices might vary a little, but even at $15, it would be a “BUY” in my book. Click here for the tech sheet.