About This Wine
Matias Lecaros is well known and respected in the winemaking circles of Chile.
As the vintner for El Guardian, Lecaros assembles cuvees that are noteworthy for their engaging aromas, delicious flavors and impeccable balance. His wines never have one aroma or flavor element that stands out above the rest; rather, all of the aroma and flavor impressions marry seamlessly into an engaging “whole.”
That’s certainly true of the 2016 El Guardian Merlot, which was crafted from grapes grown in the Curico area of Chile’s Central Valley. Lecaros describes the wine’s color as “vibrant red with hints of purple,” and notes that the cuvee is “generous and easy drinking.”
Early “approachability” is a hallmark of great Merlot, and this is a wine that requires no additional cellaring or time on the wine rack. It is another Matias Lecaros masterpiece, crafted with care and the perfect pairing partner for a Cuban style braised steak and peppers
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:Curico Area of Chile’s Central Valley Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Blackberry, Smoke, Roasted Nuts, Milk Chocolate, Toast and a Hint of Earth
- When to Drink:Now Through 2020
- Food Pairing Suggestion:a Cuban-style braised steak and peppers
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