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2009 Emiliana Eco Balance Rapel Valley Chile 145 $10

This smells both fruity with notes of plum and black currant and sweetly herbal with hints of medicinal herbs and a touch of black olive all wrapped up in vanilla oak. Very smooth in the mouth, this delivers slightly meaty flavors of plum and black currant wrapped around some nice spice tones and soft suggestions of tomato and charred bell pepper. There's a fair amount of tannin on the back end that builds through the slightly earthy and cocoa toned finish. This is a big, slight chunky wine that offers decent complexity and admirable freshness. 85pts

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  • Does anyone know if and where Silverthorne Merlot is available?

    Jan 25, 2012 at 2:30 AM

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