Monte Velho, Alentejo, 2007

First discovered in Portugal a few years ago, this mixed red from portuguese varietals from the Alentejo is also sold in the US for a not more than $16. It's very good, with hints of oak. 


Quinta de Pancas, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002

I'm a big fan of portuguese wine. But unlike Quinta de Pancas 2006 and 2007 reserve, this 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon one is not good. I'm a big fan of their younger reserve wines, but this is a bit too dry and bitter on the palate. It's the second time I give it a try and I'll definitely pass next time.


Chateau St. Jean, Merlot, 2005

This Merlot from Chateau St. Jean is one of my favorites. It's oaky, has hints of fruit and some smokiness that goes down well. Today, it accompanied a nice mushroom & meat marinara-sauce spaghetti, but it would work great with meat too. For $16 a pop, it's right for that weekend meal or even a party if you want to impress a little.


MontGras, Quatro, 2007

This is a decent chilean wine. Not impressive, not bad. It serves its purpose as a quasi-exotic combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere and Syrah -- one of the most excentric of mixes I've tried. Decent, but not great.