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Tagua Tagua

Tagua Tagua
2017 Reserva, Merlot, Rapel Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .22%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9.99

Tagua Tagua
2017 Reserva, Merlot, Rapel Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .22%
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas of fresh blackberry jam, apple butter, and baked tomato with a bright, light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk pencil shavings and milk chocolate finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An anytime red that goes down easy.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: fresh blackberry jam, apple butter, and baked tomato
Taste Flavor: pencil shavings and milk chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Beef Sandwich, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An anytime red that goes down easy.

The Producer

Bodegas Tagua Tagua S.P.A.

The Producer
Avda Nueva Costanera 4229, Oficina Parma
santiago,
Chile
56 992-269-2342

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.