2005 Viña Tarapacá La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, Maipo Valley

12042007.jpgWhen I was given this wine as a sample, I was pretty cynical… I can’t remember the last time I had a red wine at this price that I enjoyed at all. Well folks, this is pretty damn good for the money.

I’ll get right down to it. Yep, it’s red and is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Shiraz… with a nose that gives up a bunch of dark cherry, chocolate and cassis. A juicy sip shows all that dark fruit, with a meaty and coffee-edged mint finish. It’s just tasty.

I had it tonight with a couple of lamb sausages from Oyama in the Granville Island Public Market. Toss in some Tarragon roasted potatoes and grilled red peppers and you’ve got a wine and food match that works it, folks.

This is a great value red wine.

$13.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

3 1/2 stars

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