Thursday, March 4, 2010

Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot , hey you could do worse

In continuing on my Chilean wine focus, I decided to go to the very inexpensive side, the Frontera wines. I admit, for a few years I did purchase quite a bit of this very inexpensive wine, but hey it’s sold at any supermarket and you can usually pick up a bottle for less than $4.99.

Ruby red colors and strong citrus aromas. Fruit forward with red plums but this is about all you get, no real complexity to the wine. Medium dry with medium body. What you get up front is what you get on the finish. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I did find the wine benefited from a run through the Vinturi aerator as it softens the edges.

Frontera is just one of the many brands produced by Chile’s Concha Y Toro. The Concha Y Toro history begins in 1883 when local politician and businessman, Don Melchor Concha Y Toro introduced French Bordeaux grapevines to the Pirque region in Maipo Valley. The wine company now exports to more than 130 countries and is one of South America’s largest wine companies. The uses wine estates located throughout the region providing for diverse soil and diverse climate conditions. This allows the company to have a wide array of wine varieties in the Chilean wine industry.

As a result of the recent earthquake, Conch Y Toro suffered no personal or employee loss but has experienced extensive damage to their wineries which are located in the hardest hit areas. This includes the loss of wine and production capacity. At this time, Concha Y Toro is forced to suspend operations for at least one week.

The lack of complexity doesn’t make this a bad wine and for $3.99-$4.99, hey I’ve had a lot worse. It’s definitely drinkable, just not something I would serve at a dinner party or to guests.

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