Chilean wines have been making steady, stellar progress. Aresti, a tiny producer has Rocky Balboa oomph and Holly Golightly charm. Aresti Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Equilibrio” 2008 $11.99 (organic) is one smashingly great value red and chock-full-of-yum.
Reel back to 1951 when Vicente Aresti and his padre-in-law Alfredo López brought their vine-cultivating dream into fruition. They found the perfect Mediterranean nook on steep slopes between the Teno and Lontué Rivers, flowing through the town of Sagrada Familia and then, onward unto the sea.
Now that the holidays are finally behind us, we can get mellow. Say hello to Feudo Montoni Mandorlo Perricone 2009 $9.99. Perricone, sometimes known by its melodious alias Pignatello, is a grape grown in small patches in Sicily. It is thought to be related to Barbera and plays an important part in the wines of Marsala.