Wine of the Day, No. 490

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To read the material I get from marketers and PR folks, you’d think that a red wine blended from several grapes was a completely new phenomenon. They forget that many well-known European wines traditionally are blends — Bordeaux, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Chianti — and that New World producers often follow the lead of their Old World models. The problem with many of the red wine blends created recently, however, is that they taste exactly like that: red wine. Nothing distinctive appeals to nose or palate, and there’s little sense that the individual grape varieties contribute anything of character. Here, however, is an exception. Primus The Blend 2015, from the Apalta area of Chile’s Colchagua region, feels like an embodiment of its constituent elements — 40 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot, 24 carmenere, 8 petit verdot and 3 cabernet franc — that meld in expressive yet pointed harmony. The wine aged 12 …

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