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Wine of the week: 2013 Los Morros Merlot

Central Valley, Chile

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Retail $14

Chile's Central Valley is one of the largest wine regions in South America, though the wine industry is concentrated in 150 miles of its much larger expanse. The area includes the renowned grape growing appellations of Maipo Valley (near the capitol, Santiago), Colchagua Valley and Maule Valley, among others. This is red wine country, with large tracts devoted to cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and Chile's iconic grape, transplanted from France's Bordeaux region, carmenere. This Los Morros wine is 100 percent merlot. The hills at the foot of the Andes mountains provide excellent drainage and good sunlight for the vines. Winemaker Miguel Besoain honed his style by working in vineyards across France and elsewhere in Europe and takes a playful approach without straying from the typicity of the varietals in his wines. Typical of merlot, the wine has flavors of black plum, raspberry, dark cherry, spice and smooth tannins. Aerate 15 minutes before serving. Drink it with baked herbed chicken, duck confit and grilled and roasted meats. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. and Grande Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits. Drink it at: Nacho Mama's.

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