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Frontera Chile Merlot 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark and deep red. Rich and deftly balanced yet muscular red, with layers of complex currant, spice, wild berry and plum. Show off a nice touch of vanilla oak and mocha, adding a nice dimension. Though tannic now, this wine should evolve. There’s already some complexity beginning to develop out of its firm, quiet, supple core.

Editorial Reviews for Frontera Chile Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
05/13/2013

Lots of sweet fruit and spicy oak greets the nose along with notes of candied herbs, dried tomato and black currant fruit. Supple yet bright, this shows a lovely, lively character in the mouth with a blend of red and black berry fruit wrapped around subtle herb and clear baking spice flavors. There's a hint of creaminess to the texture, and a touch of sweetness from oak but this remains refined with good power and lovely balance. The finish is moderately long with a nice blue plum and spice note. Very complete wine. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
05/02/2012

Cocoa, pomegranate, pencil lead, bit of ivy and herbs, blueberry, very aromatic, super fine herbaceous notes, violet, herbal, violet pastille, little paprika, smooth, ripe, a bit soft, ashy, lots of slightly extracty fruit, blueberry, blackberry, black currant, spicy, mineral hints on the background, good length, rich and intense, succulent almost cranberry note on the finish, sweet tannin finish, lightly jammy wild blueberry finish, beautifully integrated and powerful. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
07/01/2011

This is tight on the nose with aromatic French oak and a small core of rather precise, lightly candied black currant/blackberry fruit peeking out. A touch soft in the mouth, this nonetheless is well-balanced with a nice combination of weight and intensity. Like the nose, one gets an impression of a wine not giving up its all but what is here is very attractive: red and black currant fruit, a nice streak of earth, a hint of caramel from the oak, all leading to a lovely finish that is moderately long and fruit-driven (though not fruity), with the oak lurking until the finale, where it adds some peppery spice. 91pts


Member Reviews for Frontera Chile Merlot

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4.50 5
11/27/2011

We got blackberry and plum on the nose with tobacco and a hint of light roast coffee. The mouthfeel was particularly smooth and round. On the palate, cinnamon candies, black cherry, plum, and caramel were detected. The finish was smooth as well, lingering with the taste of berry cola. There was little acidity and soft tannins overall.


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
3.00 5
08/05/2011

Dark berries and spicy. A hot and tannic.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
06/30/2012

Nice, peppery fruit. 94 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: Hana Choi
803609935
4.50 5
06/14/2011

I find myself smacking my lips long after finishing a glass. This was really layered: coffee and dark berries on the nose; juicy fruit on the palate; vanilla and toasty oak on the finish. Lots of body with very smooth, soft tannins. I wonder how this would fare with steak & chimichurri, would it stand up?


Snooth User: Rebecca Chapa
509712117
4.00 5
11/30/2011

Deep almost opaque violet, notes of red cherry and mocha, simple but forward moderate plus intensity nose. Moderate plus, juicy acidity, moderate plus alcohol and moderate plus to high intensity, full body. Nice red fruits on the palate, stewed strawberry, cola berry, hint of cherry Jolly Rancher, hint of chocolate covered cherry, nice melding of sweet, sour and bitter, quite a lot of toasty oak. Moderate plus to high tannin, somewhat grainy with an elegant and long finish.


Snooth User: bambie
24964928
4.00 5
09/08/2010

I Like it.


Snooth User: Warren Weigh
97526720
3.50 5
02/15/2012

taste so good with fruits and breads


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External Reviews for Frontera Chile Merlot

External Review
11/28/2012

Almaviva is the joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Mouton Rothschild and Viña Concha y Toro. A truly distinctive wine that has received nothing but exceptional accolades since its first vintage and proven to be worthy of standing along side the Baron’s other great wines, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Opus One. Production is limited of this unique blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carmenere, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Merlot. Grapes are sourced from low yielding old vines and the wine is aged 10 months in new French chateau barrels, then transfered to 2 year old barrels for 6-8 months. Egg white fining and no filtration. Steve Tanzer tasted it out of barrel and scored it 93+. Wine Spectator scored it 96 and said "Classically built, with a compact and fine-tuned frame giving way to rich cassis, black cherry reduction, fig paste, spice box and licorice notes woven with fine tannins, juicy acidity and a firm minerally spine. The finish reverberates the focused flavors, but should expand with mid-term cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2020." Limited time SALE!!!!!


External Review
03/22/2012

I am speechless over the nose in this wine. Mint, blackberry, currant and black licorice turn to flowers such as lilacs and roses. Wow. It fills your mouth with the same fruit, but with an intensity of superpolished tannins. It finishes with complex yet reserved coffee, toasted oak and ripe fruit and then in two or three minutes it becomes milk chocolate. Just a joy to taste. Best Mouton since 1982 or 1986; in fact, it¿s like a bend of the two. A perfect Mouton? 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 percent Merlot.


External Review
12/15/2011

but with an intensity of superpolished tannins. It finishes with complex yet reserved coffee


External Review
12/15/2011

blackberry


External Review
01/09/2013

Bright yellow. Pungent melon, pit fruit and dried fig aromas, lifted by exotic floral and lees notes that gain strength with air. Dry but fleshy nectarine and pear flavors become sweeter with air and pick up a gentle tarragon note. Stains the palate on the incisive finish, which leaves sweet honeydew, orchard fruit and herbal notes behind. Iandrsquo;d like to see this up against a number of $50+ American chardonnays.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Classically built, with a compact and fine-tuned frame giving way to rich cassis, black cherry reduction, fig paste, spice box and licorice notes woven with fine tannins, juicy acidity and a firm minerally spine. The finish reverberates the focused f... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from in Chile. 2009 Almaviva 750ml


External Review
05/18/2010

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Dark and deep red. Rich and deftly balanced yet muscular red, with layers of complex currant, spice, wild berry and plum. Show off a nice touch of vanilla oak and mocha, adding a nice dimension. Though tannic now, this wine should evolve. There’s already some complexity beginning to develop out of its firm, quiet, supple core.

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