Hugely dark, no light can penetrate the wine’s depths. Blackcurrants, vanilla, and black pepper show on the nose. A hint of green pepper shows for the briefest moment on the attack, giving hints of the South American origins, but disappears immediately. Blackcurrant and black pepper are joined on the mid-palate by mocha, with a hint of nutmeg. Tannins are powerful and a bit rough though they give every indication they will settle over time. The mid-length finish tapers to a tannic memory.  This is a big, bold, tannic wine that could easily spend another 6-8 years in the cellar before being fully tamed. Drink it now if you prefer bare-back, but give it time if you are the comfy-saddle type of drinker. Recommended (89). DH

WHO: Viña Indómita
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
DESIGNATION: Zardoz
WHERE: Chile, Maipo Valley
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $32

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David Honig
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David Honig, the Publisher, looked at what was happening in the world of wine journalism and realized there were a lot of great writers out there at the same time paying publications, from newspapers to websites, were dropping like flies. So he created Palate Press to find the best writers and create a new forum for them to sell their best work. He is a self-educated oenophile, and defers to the tremendous experience and wisdom of the amazing staff at PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine.