Merlot Rapel Valley 2005

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Color: Bright and deep red ruby with a purple robe. Nose: Apalta-s vineyard fruit expression as its best. Plums, cher...

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  • WE: 86

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This bottle makes an excellent decanting study. Knowing that this had a rating of WE 91 and WA 88, I was very surprised on how much I disliked it ... Read more

This refers to the 2006. This was ok. It really jumps right out of the bottle onto the pallet. Fully of fruit, medium body. Highish on the alcohol ... Read more

A lot of alcohol for my palate. Better served a little cooler than room temperature. Definitely some blackcurrant for me, sour tannins, but it's no... Read more

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Snooth User: winolee
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3.50 5
03/06/2008

This bottle makes an excellent decanting study. Knowing that this had a rating of WE 91 and WA 88, I was very surprised on how much I disliked it when I popped and poured. Smelling the cork, I already sensed a huge presence of alcohol. The smell of alcohol overpowered the faint nose of sour cherries. It had a very short lived red currant presence, then huge oak, tannins, heat, and bitterness. I then let it sit, and sipped after 2 hrs, then 5 hrs. I should say that it got better the longer it sat out. After 5 hrs, you get a nose of raisins and red currant. Some black pepper as well. It tastes of unripe black fruit, cedar, spices, smoke, earth. Mild tannins, pretty full bodied for a merlot. Pretty complex - it will take your tastebuds for a ride. The finish is long but a bit on the hot side. Although Snooth has it at $12, I got it at Costco for $16. This is pretty serious and old world for a Chilean wine. Please serve with serious food, and....DECANT!!!


Snooth User: CalKid
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3.00 5
11/25/2009

This refers to the 2006. This was ok. It really jumps right out of the bottle onto the pallet. Fully of fruit, medium body. Highish on the alcohol (14.5%)

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  • Snooth User: scalpa7777
    1190799
    2.50 5
    01/10/2009

    A lot of alcohol for my palate. Better served a little cooler than room temperature. Definitely some blackcurrant for me, sour tannins, but it's not the oak crush either. No complexity, but for this price it's ok. Overall medium to me. Had only one glass.


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    Source: Shop Wine Direct
    01/18/2009

    Wine Tasting NotesYoung and intense bright purple red. Very clean and intense aromas with delightfully fresh red fruit and black pepper dominating the nose. Well structured and juicy tannins that evolve towards a fresh and mouth-watering natural acidity in the mid palate. The finish is long and shows a light touch of oak. Ideal companion of red meat, pasta with spiced sauces and strong flavoured vegetables.


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    Winemaker's Notes:

    Color: Bright and deep red ruby with a purple robe. Nose: Apalta-s vineyard fruit expression as its best. Plums, cherries, blackberries and blackcurrant with sweet spices coming from elegant French oak aromas. Black spices from the Carmenère gives a unique and complex additional Mouth: Powerful and deep structure that surprises. Soft and chewy palate that evolve towards a long and pleasant finish with a very well achieved balance. Service and food pairing. Ready to drink now or cellar for several years. Decant and serve at 16-18. Ideal companion for meats and elaborate dishes.

    Color: Bright and deep red ruby with a purple robe. Nose: Apalta-s vineyard fruit expression as its best. Plums, cherries, blackberries and blackcurrant with sweet spices coming from elegant French oak aromas. Black spices from the Carmenère gives a unique and complex additional Mouth: Powerful and deep structure that surprises. Soft and chewy palate that evolve towards a long and pleasant finish with a very well achieved balance. Service and food pairing. Ready to drink now or cellar for several years. Decant and serve at 16-18. Ideal companion for meats and elaborate dishes.

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