Altaïr Sideral Rapel Valley Chile 2003
$16.99 — 88 ST | 91 WA
The Altaïr Sideral Rapel Valley Chile 2003 is a gorgeous blend comprised of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 6% Shiraz. This wine is big all around. The color is an intense and opaque dark red. On the nose there are aromas of charcoal, spice and cigar tobacco. On the palate the wine has a lush and full feeling with nice tannins and a hint of oak. The finish is long and complex. Overall this is a well-integrated wine that is drinking very well right now — and one that I suspect would be quite amazing if you could manage to keep it around long enough to find out.
However, that could be difficult! Indeed, after picking up a case of this wine at the local Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits store about a month ago, we’ve already gone through the first half a case! And we have not been disappointed. At $16.99 this wine is on the high end of what I like to spend for everyday drinking, but given the increasing difficulty of finding wines with a Robert Parker / Wine Advocate rating of 91 points under $20 I decided it was worth the splurge. By comparison the best price I could find on Wine Access was $23.99 at Gary’s in Madison, NJ, a well-known discount wine merchant.