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2010 Concha Y Toro Xplorador Merlot

By Brian @WineInMyGlass

I’m going through some posts that I’ve started in the past. I’m publishing some of them, but a few may get discarded. These posts typically will not have the photos or other features that you see on my other posts, but this lets me get caught up faster.

Once I’m done with this, I’ll get back to regular blogging. I have some ideas about how to get this blog more focused, rather than just somewhat arbitrary wine reviews. More on that later.

This post was started back in October of 2011. At the time, I wasn’t a fan of Merlot, but I did really enjoy Chilean wine. I picked up this bottle for $7.66 at the local liquor store. At this price, I wasn’t sure what to expect, since this is priced similarly to some other low-end wines on the market, typically from California or Australia. Those wines, while not necessarily bad wines, usually aren’t that interesting.

First, the nose: Dark fruit (plums) and spice (pepper, cumin maybe).

On the palate: Good fruit. Spice (black pepper, maybe something else) at the start, but goes to mainly fruit on the finish. Good acidity. Very easy drinking. Very impressive for this price point.

All the Chilean red wines have a similar characteristic taste. I can’t really describe it, but I recognize it. I don’t know if it’s the terroir or the winemaking style or a cominbation of both, but I like it.

This wine gets the “Very Good” rating.


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