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Sierras de Bellavista

Sierras de Bellavista
2015 Single Vineyard, Merlot, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
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2017 Top 6 Best Merlot

Sierras de Bellavista
2015 Single Vineyard, Merlot, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dusty garnet black color. Mature aromas of rose scented black tea, forest floor, soy-ginger glazed Chinese sausage, and white pepper and ripe red watermelon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long cherry and dried chipotle pepper, anise and blood orange, raspberry jam filled dark chocolate, and sautéed mushrooms finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. This Bordeaux inspired red from Chile will be a knockout at a dinner party.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: rose scented black tea, forest floor, soy-ginger glazed Chinese sausage, and white pepper and ripe red watermelon
Taste Flavor: cherry and dried chipotle pepper, anise and blood orange, raspberry jam filled dark chocolate, and sautéed mushrooms
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib Au Jus, Chicken Mole Enchiladas, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: This Bordeaux inspired red from Chile will be a knockout at a dinner party.

The Producer

Bodegas Y Viñedos Tres Palacios

The Producer
Magnere 1543
Santiago,
Chile
56 -222359852

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.