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Santa Rita Merlot Reserva 750ml 2010
Sku: 13040
Bouquet of ripe black fruits, plums, and spice notes. The palate is strong with good concentration and ripe, sweet tannins and a pleasant finish. Pair with stews and mild cheeses.
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Product Information
Country: Chile
Region: Valle Central
Sub-Region: Maipo
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
Reg. $13.79
On Sale $11.99
Buy Santa Rita Merlot Reserva
Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2010 Reserva Merlot was aged for eight months in American and French barrels. The nose is clean and nicely poised with ebullient cassis and blueberry aromas, the American oak lending a chocolate tincture. The palate is full-bodied with grippy, but ripe tannins on the entry. It displays good fruit intensity with licorice infused blackberry and boysenberry, the finish quite tannic with a note of white pepper on the aftertaste. Drink now-2015. (Dec 2012)

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Bouquet of ripe black fruits, plums, and spice notes. The palate is strong with good concentration and ripe, sweet tannins and a pleasant finish. Pair with stews and mild cheeses.
Wine maker notes
All vineyards are planted in vertical shoot position in order to obtain good sunlight exposure and airing. The crop is restricted to 7-8 ton/ha so as to get concentrated grapes. During the season, irrigation becomes a critical factor for this variety since it is very sensitive to water stress. The idea is to reduce water availability down to pea size to produce medium size berries and vigor control, then allowing the roots to feed the plant with enough water for good ripening, without any excess, while keeping a small growth of leaves at the tip of the shoots.

Technical notes
alcohol/volume: 14.5(%v/v) acidity: 4.76g/l (tartaric acid) pH: 3.63 VA: 0.38 g/l (acetic acid) total extract: 28.08 g/l reduced extract: 26.81 g/l FSO2 at bottling: 24 p/pm TSO2 : 44.8 p/pm residual sugar: 2.27 g/l

Food pairing
Carpaccio of meats, stews, paellas, pastas with tomato sauces, quiche, or soft cheeses such as Gruyere.

Producer
Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 in Chile’s Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile. In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Gruppo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile’s most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series and Reserve wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real, Triple C, the Floresta range and most recently, Pehuen. Wide-ranging enhancements include the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture. The Santa Rita property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations -- the Maipo Valley; Apalta; Casablanca; Rapel; Leyda and Curico -- enabling access to diverse climates and terrain. Visitors to Santa Rita can look forward to accommodation at the estate’s luxury hotel, the Casa Real, with its breathtaking 100-acre gardens, its magnificent museum housing a breathtaking collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, or enjoy dinner at the property’s landmark restaurant, the Dona Paula.