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Errazuriz Merlot Estate 2012

Errazuriz Merlot Estate 750ml 2012   
Sku: 25848

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870 in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, 65 miles north of Santiago. Recognizing that the valley’s hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes provided ideal conditions for growing grapes, Don Maximiano planted carefully selected French clones and slowly transformed a barren landscape into a world-class vineyard. Eduardo Chadwick is the fifth consecutive generation of his family to lead this historic estate according to Don Maximiano’s philosophy “From the best land, the best wine. For more than a century, Errazuriz has produced some of the finest wines in Chile by managing each stage of winemaking from grape to bottle. Unlike most major Chilean producers, Errazuriz only uses hand-picked estate fruit for its wines. Further, Errazuriz was one of the first Chilean wineries to earn the certification of sustainability from Vinos de Chile and the Vinnova-Tecnovid Consortium. Winemaker Francisco Baettig earned a Master’s Degree from the Department of Enology at the University of Bordeaux and worked in Sancerre, Pomerol, Languedoc-Roussillon, Santa Cruz and throughout Chile before joining Errazuriz. He is responsible for making some of the most highly regarded wines ever produced in Chile. While the evolution of the portfolio has been influenced by changing consumer preferences as well as the development of the vineyards, Errazuriz continues to offer an unparalleled range of quality wines at every price level. The Max Reserva wines are made exclusively from estate fruit grown in the family’s Aconcagua Valley vineyards and the grapes are destemmed before beginning its cuvaison. Exceptional quality, character and complexity are the hallmarks of this rigorous and intensive effort. Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 2005 on the Manzanar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Costa, 7.5 miles from the Pacific, on loam soils over clay and schist. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted in 1997 in the La Escultura Vineyard, on schist soils and is further inland and warmer with more precipitation. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted over 20 years ago on the Max V Vineyard in Aconcagua on gravel soils with excellent drainage. Carmenere, planted 20 years ago on the Max VI and Max VII Vineyards in Aconcagua on loam soils, ripens well in the warmer climate.

Tasting notes
The aromatic profile includes plum and raspberry with subtle roasted pepper and balsamic touches. Light notes of toast and fresh fruit are evident on the palate. Medium-body, bright acidity and smooth tannins make this wine easy to drink.

Technical notes
The grapes were harvested from vineyards planted to deep clay loam soils in the Curico Valley. The fruit was destemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel with pump overs twice per day. The post-fermentation maceration lasted 10-25 days depending on the development of each lot, and the wine was aged for eight months in a combination of French and American oak. The final blend was fined, stabilized, and lightly filtered before bottling.

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Country: Chile
Region: Valle Central
Sub-Region: Curico Valley
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
 
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