Full Review

PKNT

PKNT
2014 Reserve, Merlot, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9.99

PKNT
2014 Reserve, Merlot, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dark garnet color. Sulfurous aromas of matchstick, smoked nuts, and grilled peppers with a supple, watery body and a tingling, odd, sparse cranberry-tomato relish, okra, and cedar bark finish with hard, barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm smoky, oak merlot for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: matchstick, smoked nuts, and grilled peppers
Taste Flavor: cranberry-tomato relish, okra, and cedar bark
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Blackened Steak, Smoked Brisket, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A firm smoky, oak merlot for the table.

The Producer

Terraustral Wine Company

The Producer
Hernando de Aguirre
Providencia Santiago, 1915
Chile
56 -22 679 0600

Their Portfolio

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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.