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2010 Vina Echeverria Merlot Reserva Curico Valley

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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2013

Deep ruby.  Dried cherry, rose, chocolate and mint on the nose.  Offers juicy, nicely delineated flavors of bitter cherry and candied flowers, along with a subtle peppery component.  Finishes with firm tannins and good spicy persistence. 

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About Chile

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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