“Maipe” was the ancient Andean Indians' "Lord of the Winds." The vines for this wine are 35 years old, the vineyards are at the foot of the Andes—3,000 feet above sea level—and only 10 percent of the juice spends time in oak and for just three months. The result is a fruit-forward wine with spicy aromas of plum, strawberry and fig. In the mouth it's filled with dark berry and cherry fruit flavors, soft tannins and light acidity. Perfect with everything from burgers to steak, pizza to pasta.
All of that makes this a worthy choice for the price-conscious wine drinker, but it gets even better: The 2009 vintage is now available in a three-liter box. It is easily the best box of red wine I’ve tried. I’m on my second one, and while at $29.99 it’s a bit more expensive than most, it is definitely worth it. It works out to just $7.49 a bottle, which is a $20-plus savings over glass and once you tap it, it is designed to keep for four weeks. It never lasts that long at my house, but if you only want a single four-ounce pour per day, you should be good to go.