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2009 Concha y Toro Xplorador Central Valley Merlot Chile 13.5% $8

Though there is attractive black fruit lurking at its core, this is downright vegetal and olivey in a lovely and aromatic way. Smells like some Carmenere made its way into the blend here. Very soft on entry, with sweet plummy fruit up front supported by juicy acids and some fine, slightly dusty tannins that lend a cocoa powder edge here. This is pretty well balanced and while sweetly fruited, it's not cloying. The sweetness does heighten the flavors of vanilla and baking spice on the back end and through the modest and modestly sweet finish. 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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