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Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 12.26.27 PMWines from Chile are almost always usually decent with a really good price so when I saw this deal on Underground Cellar for this bottle being the base bottle and possibly getting upgraded Merlot I jumped. The 2010 Errazuriz Merlot Estate Reserva comes with a bright blue screw cap that just says open me. This wine is actually 85% Merlot and 15% Camenere.

Some people are turned off by Merlots but I never had that feeling. Everyone who knows wines knows that the movie/book Sideways did that to the industry. I really enjoyed the book and the movie but it is kind of crazy how one thing can hurt a big industry.

There is a very detailed tasting sheet from the winery on this wine but I will just re-transcribe the tasting notes to see if that is what I got out of this wine:

Deep ruby-red in colour with the beautiful highlights of a typical young red wine. Its aromatic profile includes plum and raspberry with notes mixed with subtle roasted pepper and balsamic touches. Light notes of toast and fresh fruit are evident on the palate, enhanced by this wine’s firm bright acidity. Medium body¬†and smooth tannins make this wine easy to drink.

I don’t know about you but I would be afraid to say “balsamic touches” because the first thing that comes to my mind is vinegar. So how was it?

Color – Deep Dark Ruby Red.

Nose – Black cherry and black pepper.

Taste – Black cherry, licorice, and a bit of smokiness.

Finish – Medium to Full with medium acid and medium rounded tannins.

Overall, this is a decent wine for under $20. I didn’t really pick up the same things they did on their tasting sheet. Of course, neither did their bottle label. Either way, the smoke and toast might be the same thing but I think it was a little too smoky. Maybe over usage of American oak? Either way still a decent wine.

Rating: B-

~Justin