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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2008
Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2008
(search item no. 102844)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $11.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Dark ruby red.

Aroma: Rich blackberry and cherry aromas spiced with black pepper and tobacco, hints of eucalyptus and mint, and a subtle underlay of oak.

Palate: Rich and generous berry flavors with intensity and concentration.

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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.