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La Playa

La Playa
2020 Estate Series, Merlot, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.30%
Certified Sustainable
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9
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La Playa
2020 Estate Series, Merlot, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.30%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, grilled pomegranate, and mint with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish evoking suggestions of strawberry, tart loganberry, leather, and herbs. A serious and contemplative version of Merlot to ponder in your glass now and watch as it get better in the future.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: strawberry, raspberry, grilled pomegranate, and mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of strawberry, tart loganberry, leather, and herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A serious and contemplative version of Merlot to ponder in your glass now and watch as it get better in the future.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
285 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Suite K
Novato, CA 94949
USA
1 415-884-9000

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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.