AG Pick Under $20: 2003 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon Elegance

On a cold winter day there’s nothing like warming up with a glass of red wine.  This bold and spicy Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile is perfect for keeping you nice and toasty!

The 2003 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon Elegance is from the Maipo Valley.  From the labels to the horseshoe-shaped winery, Haras de Pirque is a tribute to horses.  The estate is home to a thoroughbred farm and the winery’s name honors Chile’s oldest thoroughbred breeding stud.

Haras EleganceThe Haras de Pirque Elegance has everything you look for in a Chilean Cabernet — pepper, spice, earth and tobacco.  And like many Chilean wines it is a great value.  A bottle of the Elegance costs less than $20 but it tastes like it could cost $30 or more.

The Elegance is deep purple-red in color with aromas of black fruit and spice.  On the palate are dense flavors of blackberries, black cherries, leather, cigar tobacco and espresso grounds, with a zesty, peppery finish that has a hint of green pepper.  Assertive tannins give the wine good structure and a mouthfeel of crushed velvet.  The flavors and texture culminate in a smooth, lingering finish.

This full-bodied wine is big all around, with 14.5% alcohol.  I recommend decanting it, especially if you get a younger vintage.

This wine pairs well with grilled red meats.  Just one sip will have you craving a juicy steak!

A bottle of the 2003 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon Elegance costs around $15.  Want to try it tonight?  You’ll find it for $14.99 at El Carajo International, a great wine shop hidden inside a gas station convenience store at Southwest 17th Avenue and South Dixie Highway in Miami.