AG Pick Under $15: 2006 Palo Alto Reserve

Looking for a good value red wine with lots of smoke and earth?  Try a bottle of the 2006 Palo Alto Reserve, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Syrah from Chile.

Palo Alto ReserveThe three grapes work in perfect harmony, with their dark fruit and spice notes mingling in your mouth for an intense and satisfying sip.

The wine looks like a Syrah with its deep purple-red color.  A sniff reveals aromas of spicy blackberries and black pepper.  The taste is big and bold with flavors of blackberries, blackcurrant, plum, crushed black pepper, leather, tobacco and cloves that come together in a lush, smoky finish.  Good acidity gives the wine lift so it doesn’t feel too heavy in your mouth.

All the smoke and spice in the Palo Alto Reserve makes you crave a juicy piece of grilled red meat to enjoy along with a glass.  Serve this wine with steak, lamb chops, venison or wild boar.

The 2006 Palo Alto Reserve is a great value at $12 a bottle.