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2016 Zurdo Maule Valley Chile Merlot

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This medium-bodied wine offers notes of red and black cherries, cedar, toast, vanilla, pepper and bittersweet chocolate.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2016
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About This Wine

Most great wine regions have one thing in common.

That commonality? Proximity to a large body of water. When you look at a map of Chile, it might remind you of Florida — long and narrow. But unlike Florida, it has only one long coast (to the west). It is that coast that makes quality winemaking possible in so many areas of Chile.

Although the country experiences very hot summers, the temperatures are moderated by cooling coastal breezes. Add in an array of soils, and you have what amounts to a living laboratory for growing wine grapes of exceptional quality.

The Valle de Maule is Chile’s largest wine region, where the vines are stressed in soils that are quite rocky. Stressed vines produce intensely flavorful fruit, and the winemaker for Zurdo uses Maule Valley grapes to craft a Merlot that demonstrates lovely purity, elegance and freshness, with just a hint of spice.

About Merlot

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Merlot
  • Grape Source:Chile’s Maule Valley
  • Aromas & Flavors:Red and Black Cherries, Cedar, Toast, Vanilla, Pepper and Bittersweet Chocolate
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2019
  • Food Pairing Suggestionrich pasta dishes, or red meats.

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    we loved this wine Great body great taste

    4/11/2017 billie a behymer
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    Merlot is a once in awhile choice for us, but as they go, this one was outstanding

    4/22/2017 Bill
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    while I am not prone to a Merlot this bottle surprised me and I really enjoyed its complexity maybe because it was young and had not spent time in the oak.

    5/11/2017 Charles Hufman
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    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
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    Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
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    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
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    Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
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