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Despite a 3+ hour flight delay coming back from Denver, I managed to make it to the monthly Wine Guild tasting at Bon Vivant just in time for the first pour.  The monthly Wine Guild tasting is one of the better organized and informational tastings in the Hampton Roads area and I usually find one stand out wine at each of their tastings and this month’s stand out was definitely the Palo Alto Reserve Red from the Maule Valley area of Chile. 


paloaltoLike many wines from the state of Virginia, the quality of Chilean wines is improving exponentially.  The Palo Alto Reserve Red is an example of Chile’s growing number of exceptional wines at reasonable prices – this one is a bargain at just $12.75.


Palo Alto Reserve Red

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere and 10% Syrah.  13.5% alcohol.  Deep purple color with aromas of espresso, chocolate powder, dark currant and blackberries.  Full mouth feel with noticeable tannins matched well with the chocolate powder and currant taste along with sour cherry on the finish.  I believe this wine has a fairly wide distribution so you should be able to pick this one up in most states.


I had to settle for a stock photo for this post as I did not take my camera to the tasting – have to draw the line somewhere on the wine geekdom.