At 14% alcohol or ABV meaning “alcohol by volume,” the 2010 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon cost under $18 and scored 15+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale.

It comes from Mendoza grown at 3,000 feet’s elevation. Dark fruits and balanced acidity reflect its terroir in Argentina. It’s coming into its peak and will hold for another decade at least.

Served with a winter stew, crusted Italian bread and after dinner with English cheddar. It was a good food-wine.

I should have held it five more years, but these times call for adding wine pleasures to every meal. In Vino Veritas.