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1 Star and a half for the Codorniz Botalcura Carmenère 2013


Chile claims carmenère the way Argentina claims Malbec, though not with the same commercial success. This wine is excellent for weekday meals, such as burgers or pizza, or as a house red at a casual party. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Elite: Available in the District at Broad Branch Market, Chat’s Liquors, D’Vines, Irving Wine & Spirits, Modern Liquors, Rodman’s; on the list at Afghan Grill, the Royal. Available in Maryland at Cork & Fork and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine Silver Spring, Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, JP’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Jessup, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, the Perfect Pour in Elkridge, Rodman’s in Wheaton, State Line Liquors in Elkton. Available in Virginia at Cheesetique (Alexandria); Clifton Wine Shop; Euro Market & Cafe, Gallery Market & Cafe and Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington; Hop & Wine in Fredericksburg; Once Upon a Vine (MacArthur Avenue) in Richmond.