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.
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.
- 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.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. 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 RecipeCabernet 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