Wines for the new year–9 Lives from Chile, Caliza Sympatico from Paso Robles

We have made a resolution to opt for affordable wines in 2019.

For example, Chilean wine like 9 Lives. Chilean wine is off the radar stateside and its low price point considering its value is something that should be taken advantage of.

We recently tasted 9 Lives’ Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc and can report they are excellent. 9 Lives Cabernet Sauvignon ($9.99) delivers fragrant aromas of strawberries and ­figs entwined with tobacco and vanilla setting the tone for smooth flavors and structured tannins.

9 Lives Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99) is pale in color and offers fresh citrus notes, specifically grapefruit and peach. Hailing from the Central Valley, this crisp white wine is easy to drink, refreshing and well-balanced.

Their 9 Lives Reserve Malbec is intense and fruity with subtle floral notes, flavors sing with smooth tannins and a delicate persistent finish.

It’s time to open a bottle or two of Caliza Sympatico 2014, from Paso Robles, Willow Creek District, a compelling blend of Tempranillo, Grenache and Monastrell. This is a fine Spanish Rioja-style wine with all the greatness of being Paso Robles grown and produced. It shows spicy notes with an array of dried herbs, leather, cracked pepper, and cedar. The powerful aromas of blackberry and ripe cherry fruit aromas meld into a plush finish which features velvety tannins. About $66 a bottle.

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