At $12 a bottle, Quatro’s close cousin MontGras Carmenère Reserva 2009 fits the bill better, but can still be a stretch for some bottle-a-night households. (That may sound like a drinking problem waiting to happen, but it’s just two six-ounce glasses for each of two adults.) Montgras in one of Chile’s most consistent value wine producers and carmenère is Chile’s signature red wine grape. MontGras Carmenère is a consistently good buy at $12 a bottle, but you can try the 2009 vintage – which scored 89 points, 85 points and 88 points, respectively, from Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar – for just $8.99 at Potomac Wine & Spirits in Georgetown while supplies last. (Don't be alarmed if you can't find it on the website. They just got it in the store, and this is an "unadvertised" special.)
“A very fresh, forward style, with tasty grape and blackberry fruit laced with roasted vanilla and cocoa notes,” is how Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth described it back in 2010.
“Savory, ripe, plump, with a palate of black fruit compote,” echoed Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller in the October 2010 issue. “Sweet, lengthy, and long.”
“Inky ruby. Fresh blackberry, raspberry, incense and rose on the slightly reduced nose,” wrote Josh Raynolds in the Mar/Apr 2010 issue of IWC. “Firm and refreshingly brisk, offering fresh red and dark berry flavors and a kick of peppery spice. Very young but shows good, energetic fruitiness. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and good persistence.”
The critics all seem to like it at $12 a bottle, which is how much you’ll pay at Rodman’s on Wisconsin Ave. or Calvert Woodley on Connecticut Ave. or at select Montgomery County Liquor stores. (See the slideshow for a representative sample of prices around town, and/or compare prices and find this wine online or at a store near you nationwide.)
But for $8.99 it’s worth buying by the case, if you don't mind negotiating the traffic and parking in Georgetown.
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