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2016 El Guardian Central Valle, Chile Merlot

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This wine offers notes of black cherry, blackberry, smoke, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, toast and a hint of earth.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2016
Brand: El Guardian
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91 Ratings (3.3/5.0) Rating: 3.5 Buy It Again Score (79%) Rate this wine
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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

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: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

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3.3/ 5.0
Rating: 3.5

91 Ratings


    • Rating: 3.5

    Good value wine

    11/11/2017 Linda F.
    • Monterey, CA
    • Rater Rank 699
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 2.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    My wife liked this one but it was a little 'off' for me. I could drink it but with so many other options, I let her have it.

    11/11/2017 James P.
    • Monterey, CA
    • Rater Rank 920
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 4.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    I gave it as a gift and it was very well received

    10/24/2017 Jill E.
    • Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • Rater Rank 125
    • Number of Ratings 17
    • Average 4.7
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    I really enjoyed this one. I am a HUGE fan of merlots anywhere but this was excellent

    10/11/2017 Del N.
    • Gillette, WY
    • Rater Rank 65
    • Number of Ratings 19
    • Average 4.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Nice, mild red.

    10/09/2017 Jan M.
    • Lake Worth, FL
    • Rater Rank 1,078
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 3.1
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    I am a fan of this smooth medium bodied Merlot. Great wine!

    9/30/2017 Jo Ann P.
    • Charlotte, NC
    • Rater Rank 169
    • Number of Ratings 14
    • Average 4.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Very nice straight out of the bottle but excellent when aerated. Mocha & dark cherry with a hint of smoke. Went well with grilled burgers, grilled red potatoes and corn on the cob. Also nice with dark chocolate. Rounded tannins with a smooth finish.

    9/22/2017 Josh J.
    • Staunton, VA
    • Rater Rank 591
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again


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  • French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
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    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two 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 Recipe
  • Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    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
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    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
  • Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    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
    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
    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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