A smashing $5 red

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Brand NameVina Antigua
Wine NameSangiovese-Bonarda
Vintage (Year)2005
AVAMaipu Valley
Wine ClassRed, White
Wine TypeChenin Blanc, Sangiovese
Alcohol %12%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

On a foray over to Canal's, I was looking to replenish a couple bottle of whites, but also to pick up something else interesting, I came across this wine for the tempting price of $5.

While past experiences have shown that a wine for this price is either a great deal, or something that you could easily pass on, it's always worth the chance; all in all, it's less than price of a glass in a restaurant.

Giving this wine a chance, the first thing that you smell is of course the typical Sangiovese grape, and this is comprised of a little bit of a spice (clove) and the hint of curant. In first viewing this wine, and a couple near it, I inquired to what the Bonarda grape was, but learned that it is often used in blending.

The wine itself has a nice smooth taste of both black cherries, pepper and a dash of clove. I chose to drink it with a meal of steak and corn, and I can say that it went perfectly. While on first sip, you can taste just a little tartness, the flavor then rises up with a nice strong swell that feels like a nice wave from an incoming tide. For the price, it's a nice well-rounded red that is definitely a wine that can be enjoyed by many, and will stretch your budget. You can easily entertain a nice sized crowd for an event without breaking your budget.


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