gato negoThe world is awash in good wine and at relatively affordable prices; which raises the question how low can you go and still fine something drinkable.

This one is getting close to the bottom of the barrel, but we’re not there yet. A decent nose and plenty of acidity keep this afloat.

Blackberries and licorice on the nose with subtle vanilla notes in the background, simple but generous and  pleasant.  The medium-body palate shows more herbal notes; the fruit is shy and leaves a very tart impression while tannins are almost non-existent. Not a well balanced wine but not at all flabby. This is about as good as Cabernet gets at this price point. With a burger to tamp down the tart flavors this will be passable.

Produced by Vina San Pedro, Chile’s 2nd largest exporter of wine, Gato Negro is their biggest seller, selling over 4 million cases in 70 countries.

Score: 83

Price: $4-$5

Alc: 13.5%