Veramonte Cab: Unexpected Quality At A Steal

I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting here, but it wasn't this. Many, if not most southern hemisphere cabernets (with the notable exception of those from Australia) tend to flaunt their pyrazines, exhibiting strong green vegetal tendencies. That can be off-putting for many American palettes, and can also come across as austere even for those of us preferring a more European version of the variety. But the 2018 Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley ($12) pulls off a deft balancing act: Appealing for its soft roundness and depth of flavor, it's a medium weight wine that manages to deliver all of this without sacrificing its sense of place.  That's quite an achievement for any wine, especially one at this price point. Look for plump fruit, pretty blue-green framing, and a gentle kiss of oak. Organic farming and a restrained hand in the cellar delivers honesty in the bottle. Very versatile and enjoyable, indeed, and will be a joy to drink with grilled burgers tonight. 92 points (Sample)