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2008 Santa Ema Merlot Reserve Maipo Valley
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Love this wine!
02/23/2014
by Dolcetto542385
This wine tastes like a more expensive version. I opened the bottle that I purchased from Cost Plus World Market in Modesto, CA, upon advice of a friend who buys this wine by the case. The first bottle was a 2005 Merlot Reserve.... I let it breathe for a few, then poured myself a glass... first taste I got blackberry and vanilla then a subtle hint of chocolate.....then different fruit tastes. The finish was nice, not too crisp but smooth and no bitterness. If I was alone at the time I would have finished the entire bottle!!

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Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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