Shall I let the cat out of the bag? Gato Negro wines. (I’ll let you do the search for an image of the label.)
Gato Negro, which means “black cat,” sits on the bottom shelves at supermarkets and in the value bins at independent wine stores — and the quality far surpasses the price point, which is $4 at Meijer. Check the shelf tag: 3 for $12. And I wish people would stop scooping up the Cabernet Sauvignon so I can buy some.
Gato Negro is the value line produced by Vina San Pedro in Chile. In 2011, the winery was Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “New World Winery of the Year.” Gato Negro is their value-priced wine. Vina San Pedro is described by Wine Enthusiast as “one of Chile’s undisputed innovators.”
The Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are my favorites. But all of the wines have good fruit and balance — which means acidity to give the flavors backbone. And they are dry, not sweet.