Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wine Wednesday: Cantora

2009 Cantora Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchased for $9.99 at Whole Foods
Colchagua Valley, Chile

"This well-balanced wine is a blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides backbone, and 50 percent Chile's signature varietal, Carmenere, which adds spice. Full-bodied and well-structured, the wine's velvety tannins and elegant texture make it approachable, and it's a steal at 10 bucks. It offers aromas of dark fruit, spice and dried herbs, with hints of coffee and tobacco. On the palate, taste ripe cassis, plum and blackberry with mineral and earth notes. Drink it with grilled or roasted meats, hamburgers, barbecue, hearty stews and firm cheeses." - (Currently listed as Best Of New Orleans "Wine of the Week")
Our consensus. The Mr. really liked it. For me it wasn't quiet as smooth as last week's choice, but I definitely liked it. And for the price, you can't beat it. We paired this wine with wasabi-crusted salmon, green beans and mini-russet potatoes (probably not the best pairing for the wine though), all from Whole Foods. When I ask the Mr. to make me dinner, his go-to meals are always prepared dishes from WF. They taste great so I can't complain. However, he then tries to institute the "cook doesn't clean" rule, which doesn't fly with me.

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