Gato Negro is Chilean. It’s the high volume, low priced label of nearly 150 year old Vina San Pedro. Vina San Pedro, in turn, is part of the VSPT Wine Group, assembled in 2008, and is, according to their info, Chile’s second largest exporter of wine. Also, according to the Vina San Pedro website, Gato Negro has “over delivered at its price point for decades”.
I have to agree with the “over delivered” part. This 1.5 liter bottle of Cab/Merlot blend was only $7.99 at The Store, a buck off the regular price. Definitely a Cheapskate selection. The Chilean section of The Store, the lower tier shelves from which my eyes can’t stray anyway, are dominated by Concho Y Toro’s Frontera brand, a frequent source of under $10 big bottles in our household. I was, in fact, about to grab one of their Malbecs, when another shopper suggested the Gato Negro. “Really good. Better than you expect for the price.” So, I followed his advice and picked up a bottle.
Nice fruity smell, dark purple in the glass. Inviting. Plum, blackberry, slight nuttiness or “roasted” tone. Medium to light body on the tongue, and soft, easy drinkability. Indeed better than the 8 buck cost of entry would imply.