I’m back in the wine saddle again. After weeks of actor-land and a nasty cold, its feels great to be getting back to all things vinous. So, I popped a really tasty Chilean red the other night with a simple grilled steak. Veramonte has always made great value wines in my opinion – going all the way back to the days that the Huneeus family owned them along with Franciscan Oakville Estate. But somehow, I had it in my head that their premium Bordeaux-style blend Primus was a lofty $35 or so. When I sniffed this elegant glass of spicey, plummy goodness – I thought “Tasty. But it aint worth 30 bucks.” Low and behold, I was WAY wrong! To my delight, I later read that the SRP is only $17! Probably more like $15 in the Chicago market. Its a steal for that price. Buy some. Drink it with steak and forget any financial woes.
46% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere (and ancient Bordeaux varietal – not grown much in France anymore, but makes a really swell blending grape in Chile.)