Full Review

Chocalan

Chocalan
2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14% RS: .26%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
Best Buy

Chocalan
2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14% RS: .26%
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, brown butter, toffee, and nutshell with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing notes of mulberries, hint of vanilla and spice, and cedar with dusty tannins. A nice chewy merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Crisp & Lively & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: baked cherries, brown butter, toffee, and nutshell
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of mulberries, hint of vanilla and spice, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Meat Loaf, Beef Empanadas, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice chewy merlot.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

The Producer
Clorinda Willshaw 559
Las Condes, Santiago 7550000
Chile
-+562 24374764

Their Portfolio

88 Chocalan 2015 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $12.00.
83 Chocalan 2015 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Maipo Valley (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
86 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
95 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $29.00.
93 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $29.00.
94 Chocalan 2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $57.00.
86 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
91 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
90 Chocalan 2018 Origen Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
84 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
83 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, San Antonio 14% (Chile) $18.00.
88 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2015 Vitrum Premium Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $27.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $65.00.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.