Every so often, I come across a wine that's simply too delicious to be so inexpensive. And yet, here we've lucked into just such a juicy gem, the 2006 Amalaya from Bodega Colome in Argentina, which has been given a nearly 50 percent Chairman's Selection discount in Pennsylvania - despite a big 90-point rating from the Wine Spectator.
I don't always agree with wine-mag ratings, but for $10, this is the real deal, a malbec-cabernet blend (with touches of syrah, tannat and bonarda) that is one of the most well-rounded reds I've sipped in a while, with a spot-on combination of dark berry fruit, tightly-woven exotic spice, and an oaken softness on the finish. Due to arrive in state stores any day now, this is a value worth stocking up on.
The 2006 Amalaya costs $9.99 at selected stores in Pennsylvania.
- Craig LaBan