Viña Santa Rita Merlot Rapel Valley 120 2008
Earthy scent. Dry, tangy and a bit powdery.
Not sure about this wine. I tried it the first glass on one day and liked it. Then the next night (sealed as I normally do with my wine) and it was a totally different wine - not in a good way. I have a second bottle to try again but with so many other good buys out there I am not inclined to put this on the to buy again list. And had the second bottle that I had in the cellar this past weekend (8/29) and my impression did not improve at all on this. Oh well they can not all be good bottles.
It tasted ok after a few minutes of breathing, but smelled pretty bad (to me, at least). I probably won't buy this again.
A very drinkable Merlot, and better than I expected for the price. Balance is a bit on the tannic side, but some very nice hints of chocolate and strawberry.
Two and a half glasses
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