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2011 La Pincoya Cabernet Sauvignon


Picked this Chilean wine up at our local wine store and very glad we did.

La Pincoya is southern Chile’s goddess of the sea. Those that have seen her say she is a beautiful young woman with long red hair. She usually appears wearing sea algae and walking or dancing by the seashore. She comes to sailors to guide them when they get lost or stranded.

This was a great wine the minute we pulled the cork. We didn’t let it breath long before drinking, but it can only continue to improve if you give it the chance. Very typical deep red color with black cherry and a hint of eucalyptus. This is definitely one you should pick up when you see it and under $20.

The XPRT wine review rating 92 out of 100.

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2005 Marques de Casa Concha Chilean Merlot Wine Review


This was the last bottle in local wine store in Newport Beach. Retail was $19.99 so thought we would take it to an Italian restaurant. First and foremost, let it breath. This one had been setting for a while and 20 mins open made a huge difference.

You can definitely taste the hint of chocolate and vanilla which are both extremely strong when first opened but balanced out well after breathing for about 20 minutes. From the Rapel Valley in Chile this limited production Merlot should have been a lot more.
Pass on this one of you see it.

TheXPRT wine review rating 82 out of 100.

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2009 MontGras Reserva Carmenere


If you have not heard of the Carmenere grape varietal, you probably aren’t alone. The Carmenere is Chile’s own signature grape.

When I picked this up at the wine store it seemed like a good purchase, “had not heard of the vineyard and had not heard of the varietal” two things I love about wine.

This wine is fantastic. The varietal was introduced into Chili from France in the 1800’s and has now developed into the only significant source of this uncommon varietal grape.

This is a rich concentrated red wine with deep purple and spicy aromas. With a hint of mint and wild herbs in the initial glass. It finishes with subtle vanilla and toasty flavors.

This definitely ranks as one of the best wines under $20 we have had in a very long time!

Check out their website at MontGras Winery

TheXPRT wine review rating 92 out of 100.

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