AG Pick Under $15: 2006 Anakena Ona Red Blend

If you like bold, complex and spicy reds you’ll want to try Anakena’s 2006 Ona Red Blend.  For a winery that’s only been around since 1999, it produces some great quality wines.  This one just made the $15 cutoff at $14.99, but the taste is so big and sophisticated you’ll think it is a more expensive wine.

Anakena Winery is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, in the Rapel Valley in central Chile.  The name of the winery and symbols on the wine bottles evoke the region’s roots in the Rapa Nui culture.

Anakena Ona is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Carmenère.  It’s aged in French oak barrels for 16 months.

The smell is spicy and earthy, rounded out by black fruit.  The taste is a satisfying blend of cassis, dried fig, cloves and pepper.  The finish is warm and long lasting.  This is a multilayered wine that’s fun to drink.  It’s really well balanced, with the flavors, alcohol and tannins in harmony.  It’s a great example of the delicious and great value wines being produced in Chile.

This wine pairs nicely with lamb and beef dishes, rich chicken dishes and mild to medium spiced Indian and other Asian cuisines.

This was the first wine I’ve tried from Anakena and I will definitely be trying their other wines to see how they compare.

For more information on Anakena wines visit www.anakenawines.cl.

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