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2005, Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Concha Y Toro Review 

Over All Rating - "Highest Recommendation"

Where we got it and how much it cost. 

At our local Costco for 5.99 for a 1.5 liter "Magnum" which puts the cost per regular bottle at about 3 bucks.


Where is this wine made. 

In the Central Valley of Chile

 

General Impression of Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Concha Y Toro, 2005

It is just a really good wine and a damn good price, plain and simple with no apologies to anyone.  No it is not something that you will hoard and cherish it is in some ways better, because you will cherish and pour it freely for any and all.  

I honestly just can't see how anyone could ever find a single complaint about this wine and I mean not one.  Sure there are better wines but for 4 bucks a bottle this is just beyond outstanding and is one of the best values on the market today.  The flavor and fruit are wonderful and it is very easy to drink even for those not generally accustomed to many red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon because it is so nicely softened by the nicely blended Merlot.

Chile continues to produce more and more exceptional high end wines but they also continue to produce some of today's best value wines and this is among the best.  Give this wine a try you shall not regret it.  This is really a perfect wine for those large get together when you want to serve a good red wine to your guests in large quantities with our spending large quantities of money.

 

What Flavors are Most Dominant or Evident In This Wine?

The top flavor is a wonderful black cherry that lingers nicely and provides a perceived sweetness that is really just fruit as the wine is a wonderful off dry red.  There are also flavors of black current, plumb, chocolate and vanilla.  The merlot softens the tannins nicely and lets the fruit really come though far more then in most value priced Cabernets.  There is a lot going on and if you take the time you can find a lot of interesting flavors and aromas but it definitely fruit forward.

 

What foods will this wine go well with?

Red meat of course is going to fit nice and this is light enough to enjoy with those summer steaks when you really want a bigger red wine but it is just to damn hot to enjoy it.  It will also pare nicely with Italian foods like pizza and pasta with red sauces along with American Classics like barbeque brisket and ribs.  

For something different try it at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner as it is a perfect fit.  While Beaujolais is the typical recommendation for such meals this wine is going to be an exceptional choice as well.  I mean you can pick up a half dozen magnums for about 36 dollars which is plenty of wine for even the biggest family.  

It is easy to drink enough that even those less inclined to drink red wines will enjoy it and those who do won't find much wrong with it.  Lastly the fruit will set off the cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes link few other budget wines.

Quite honestly this is one extremely versatile red wine.

 

What's Grapes are In Frontera  Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Concha Y Toro, 2005?

Cabernet Sauvignon 85% and Merlot 15%

 

Who Is Going to Enjoy This Wine?

Those who like softer red wines with out over powering tannins.  If you typically like Merlot and Pinot Noir but tend to stay away from most Cabernets and Zinfandels this is one you are really going to enjoy because you get to experience the wonderful fruit of Cabernet with nice soft tannins and a wonderful off dry sweetness.

 

What Does the Bottle or Vintners Web Site Say About this Wine?

From the Vintners Website: Ruby-like, bright in color. Fruit forward with red plum and varietal characteristics. Medium dry, medium body and harmonious with a good finish This wine marries two of the classic Bordeaux grape varieties: 

Cabernet Sauvignon offers character, complexity and longevity, while Merlot adds softer tannins and elegance. Patterned after the same classic blend that distinguishes many fine chateaux of Bordeaux, this superb red wine complements the heartiest foods, especially red meats, barbeque, savory pasta dishes, and pizza.

 

 

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