Pretty purple color with a nose of raspberry, mint, violets. The palate is fresh, with bright plum and red berry flavors, hazelnut, juicy tannins and a crisp acidity. The ph of this wine is substantial yet balanced with the well integrated tannins. More mint notes come through on the finish along with some oak and raspberry. The wine leaves my mouth very dry, I kinda like it! Pairing it with super thick Strip steaks, Chorizo, roasted Brussel Sprouts and chargrilled baby onions. 89 points and 4 stars for this $13 wine- drink till 2020. Salut….
Sticking with Chilean Merlot, this one was the third in our tasting and runs at about $14. A more concentrated wine, with plum and raspberry notes melding with some nice oak and spice. Very easy to drink, it had the right balance of acidity and a nice tannin framework. The finish was decent and enticed me to take another sip. This wine is drinking well now and can be short-term cellared. I would drink this with pasta, perhaps veal chops and definitely some shish kebabs. 4 stars and 88 points. Salut….