At 7 years of age beginning to lose fruit … at least the bottle I had, which had been sitting in distributor warehouse(es) and on a retailer's shelf for some time. (I am convinced that storage is more than half the taste profile of aged wine.)
The challenge with Merlot is that it too often exhibits a relatively neutral taste profile (especially when harvested late) unlike the other "big guns" of red winedom: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo. In other words, if you're tasting a red wine blind, and it isn't one of the above, doesn't have an aggressive flavor and is relatively high in alcohol, your best assumption is that it might be New World Merlot.
That said, this wine has color, intensity and tannins. What it lacks (again, given its unknown storage history) is acid and fruit — which is strange because Chilean wines usually show more than enough acids.
If you have it in your cellar and you bought it a while ago, it should be fine for another five years. If you just picked it up from a local retailer, enjoy it this summer with something from the grill.
Nose: rather rich-refined and fragrant. Taste: red berries and plum, with rich and refined spiciness, among which a hint of cinnamon. Noticeable tannins. Might have had some more fruit. Also the typical Chilean toughness, but quite well integrated. At the second day still a bit better with prominent chocolate and some vanilla. Medium to full body. Interesting, rather stilish wine. 88-89.
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