It's pretty hard to beat the values coming out of Chile. Take the Montes Twins 2011 Malbec/Cabernet. It has all the parts and pieces that I look for in a well-made wine. First off, Chilean malbec simply rocks. Ten months in French oak doesn't hurt either. The wine is dark and the wood aging shows nicely against the black fruits from the cabernet and malbec. The mouth shows strength and supple round black and blue fruits. There is a nice rough edge from the tannin content. Fleshy and showy, it's good enough for Sunday dinner but priced for every day. Enjoy! Costs about $15.
-- Mike McVittie reviews wines available in Anchorage