Concha Y Toro, Casillero del Diablo Reserva Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile
Tasting Note: Often, when you taste merlot from Chile you get to experience a true expression of the grape because it is still dependably made in a way that reveals the grape; this reserve merlot is no exception.
Medium-to-deep intensity ruby in color this wine has a nose of black plum, kirsch, raspberry and vanilla and clove baking spice.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus bodied merlot shows red and black fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by ripe, medium-plus tannin and a velvety texture.
There are subtle hints of carmenere in the mix which is not uncommon for merlot from Chile, and which is also part of its calling card which makes it distinctive in a way that you, like I, may savor.
Bottle Note: Winemaker’s Notes – A smooth merlot that perfectly combines plummy, herby flavors with smoky cedar wood. A fruity wine with a full well-structured texture and soft tannins. Food Match – a great match to lightly spiced red meats and mature cheeses.
Importer: Excelsior Wine Company, Old Brookville, New York
Tasting Date: May 18, 2017
This wine was submitted for review.