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As I have written here before, the high quality value reds coming out of South America today are amazing (either that or I’m easily impressed).  Chile and Argentina are the place to look for big value wines in the current economic malaise – it’s hard to match the bang for your wine buck (or QPR) available in Argentina or Chile.

I had this wine for dinner at the Marriott in Portsmouth, United Kingom (near Havant).  This wine cost about 18 pounds/bottle (~$26US/bottle) at the hotel, which means that the normal retail price here in the states is under $10US.  Finca has wide distribution throughout the UK, primarily at Waitrose stores.  Here in the States, distribution is a bit more limited, mostly in NY, NJ, and CT.

Finca Reserva ShirazFinca Flichman Shiraz 2007  

Based in Mendoza, the Finca Flichman vineyards date back to 1873.  The company is now run by Sogrape, a Portuguese viticulture group. The wine… Dark purple color with dark cherry and licorice wafting from the glass along with slight aromas of earth and tobacco.  A bit woody in the mouth with vanilla and dark berries.

At this price point, this wine has a solid, fair Quality-Price Ratio.  Looking for really good wines that are easy on the wallet, check out Chilean and Argentinean imports!