There is no question about it. Chilean and Spanish wines do the Wine Commonsewer in. There is something about the way the wine is made that ends up inducing coughing, choking, and sneezing about 13 hours after consumption. Plain old allergies is MY guess (but to what, exactly, eludes me).
The 2001 Marques Casa Concha is a delightful and relatively inexpensive (as are all Chilean wines) cabernet sauvignon without the dreadful side effects (I simply cannot be the only wino on earth that has suffered thusly).
The wine comes from the factory with big black cherry fruit, hints of vanilla, oak, and coffee (that is pure wine snob talk, my friends). It is a rich shade of deep burgundy, quite well-balanced, and mellow to boot. In fact, the color is so perfect that it looks good just sitting in the glass.
Offhand, I can’t recall the price but it was definitely on the smiling side of twenty bucks (I’m thinking around 13.00 here in the great state of Californicate).
This is a perfect wine to impress your dinner guests without dropping the big bucks.
And in case you didn't click all the way through, here's a grilled steak suggestion that ought to compliment the wine nicely.
A Glass To Your Health.......Salud!