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Quasar

Quasar
2016 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Sustainable Farming-Demeter Certified
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20
Best Buy
Cellar Selection
'2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Chilean Merlot Exceptional Value

Quasar
2016 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of red cassis, wet earth, bay leaf, thyme, tannery, and dried mushrooms with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, medium-long mostarda finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak. Layers of earthy flavors evolve on the palate; sip with steak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: red cassis, wet earth, bay leaf, thyme, tannery, and dried mushrooms
Taste Flavor: mostarda
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Argentine Steaks, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Layers of earthy flavors evolve on the palate; sip with steak.

The Producer

Viña Echeverria Ltda.

The Producer
Las Condes Malaga 50 Oficina 22
Santiago,
Chile
56 -223425358

Their Portfolio

87 Casa Sol 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $30.00.
83 Casa Sol 2016 Semi-Sweet Frizzante, Moscato, Curico Valley 9.5% (Chile) $20.00.
92 Echeveria 2013 "Elementos", Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $29.90.
88 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 12.5% (Chile) $10.99.
87 Echeverria 2015 "Unwooded" Reserva, Chardonnay, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
87 Echeverria 2013 Family Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $20.90.
87 Echeverria 2015 Frizzante, Moscato, Curico Valley 9.5% (Chile) $10.99.
92 Echeverria 2011 "Signatura 1" Special Selection, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $80.00.
88 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.90.
88 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $9.90.
90 Echeverria 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $9.90.
93 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
88 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
83 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Syrah, Aconcagua Valley 14% (Chile) $12.90.
93 Echeverria 2014 Family Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Echeverria 2012 Founder’s Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $40.00.
85 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Chardonnay, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
85 Echeverria 2016 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Echeverria 2016 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.00.
89 Echeverria 2015 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
88 Echeverria 2015 Propuesta Red Blend, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
84 Echeverria 2015 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
88 Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $17.00.
89 Echeverria 2015 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
87 Echeverria 2013 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $29.90.
88 Echeverria 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
86 Echeverria 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
86 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
87 Echeverria 2016 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
87 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $12.90.
86 Echeverria 2017 Reserva, Syrah, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.90.
85 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $16.00.
87 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
90 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $15.00.
86 Echeverria 2017 Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley 13.5% (Chile) $16.00.
91 Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
93 Echeverria 2016 Family Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $25.00.
88 Echeverria 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $30.00.
90 Echeverria 2014 Founder’s Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $50.00.
85 Echeverria 2017 Frizzante, Moscato, Curico Valley 9.5% (Chile) $17.00.
84 Nina Brut NV Sparkling, Curico Valley 12.5% (Chile) $9.90.
86 Quasar 2015 Frizzante, Moscato, Curico Valley 9.5% (Chile) $10.99.
91 Quasar 2013 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $19.90.
93 Quasar 2011 "Signo 1" Special Selection, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $80.00.
90 Quasar 2015 Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $6.90.
84 Quasar 2015 Selection, Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $6.90.
88 Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.90.
92 Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.90.
84 Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.90.
88 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $14.90.
92 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.90.
88 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Syrah, Aconcagua Valley 14% (Chile) $14.90.
89 Quasar 2015 Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $14.90.
88 Quasar 2016 Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $8.90.
91 Quasar 2016 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $15.00.
90 Quasar 2015 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
88 Quasar 2015 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $17.00.
92 Quasar 2015 Limited Edition, Syrah, Aconcagua Valley 14.5% (Chile) $19.90.
84 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Pinot Noir, Malleco Valley 13.5% (Chile) $19.90.
86 Quasar 2012 Perfecto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $29.90.
90 Quasar 2012 Perfecto, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $29.90.
85 Quasar 2014 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $19.90.
87 Quasar 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.00.
89 Quasar 2017 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $14.00.
92 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $20.00.
86 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13.5% (Chile) $20.00.
94 Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $20.00.
86 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 14% (Chile) $25.00.
89 Quasar 2017 Limited Edition, Pinot Noir, Malleco Valley 13.5% (Chile) $25.00.
90 Quasar 2016 Limited Edition, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $25.00.
92 Quasar 2014 Perfecto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 14% (Chile) $40.00.
93 Quasar 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $80.00.
86 Quasar 2017 Late Harvest Limited Edition, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $20.00.
91 Sanhattan 2015 City Flame, Syrah, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $40.00.
88 Sanhattan 2016 City Lights Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $35.00.
90 Sanhattan 2016 City Lights Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $35.00.

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.