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Chilean Merlot Wine

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Tied to the history of the so-called “lost grape of Bordeaux,” Carmenѐre, the story of Chilean Merlot is a fascinating one. For decades in Chile the former was actually thought to be Merlot, so the two were typically planted together and harvested at the same time. Since Merlot is an early-ripening variety and Carmenѐre much later-ripening, the resulting wines often tasted unripe and vegetal. Not until 1994 was Chilean Carmenѐre identified correctly. As awareness grew, growers and winemakers began handling both grapes more optimally, leading to significant improvement in the wines.

Today Merlot ranks as the third most planted variety in Chile, behind Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. It is mostly found in the following valley DO’s, from north to south: Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Curicó and Maule. It can appear both in blends or on its own. Either way, Chilean Merlot tends to show characteristic aromas and flavors of ripe plums, dark berries and herbs, often accented by oak, with a mouthfeel that is round and full.

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  • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2004
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    • Cousino Macul Merlot 2004 Front Label
      Cousino Macul Merlot 2004
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      • Concha y Toro Sunrise Merlot 2004
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        • Lapostolle Merlot 2004 Front Label
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          • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2004
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            • Concha y Toro Xplorador Merlot 2004 Front Label
              Concha y Toro Xplorador Merlot 2004
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              • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2004 Front Label
                Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2004
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                • J. Bouchon Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  J. Bouchon Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from Maule Valley, Chile
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                  • TerraNoble Gran Reserva Merlot 2004 Front Label
                    TerraNoble Gran Reserva Merlot 2004
                    Merlot from Maule Valley, Chile
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                    • Aresti Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      Aresti Reserve Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Curico Valley, Chile
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