People always ask, “What defines a great wine value?” It all depends on your taste, but also your budget. Bill Gates’ or Warren Buffet’s idea of value might be a bottle at say, under $1000 (and even that may be a tad on the conservative side.) Me? I think of what I want to spend, then I let my taste buds guide me when selecting a great wine value.
We found a great wine priced around $20, the 2007 Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. This amazingly complex, fruity medium-bodied gem has a nice mouth feel, somewhat velvety, but intense at the same time. It also exudes some earthiness, with slight hints of oak to soften the edge. We paired this South American beauty with a delicious homemade tomato and basil pizza we made at home.
While some Cabs may not stand up to the acidic elements of pizza sauce, the Veramonte did remarkably well and held its own. The sweet basil and mozzarella cheese were paramount in the pizza, so that mild sweetness probably helped to mellow the tanginess of the tomato. But back to the wine. South America (Chile and Argentina, most notably) have been producing some amazing wine in recent years. Enjoy the Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon, and keep an eye out for other great values from Chile.