From high-altitude vineyards near the Andes comes this earthy, muscle-bound Merlot. It features bright cherry fruit and a hint of green pepper, but only a hint (it is ripe). The finish is mostly oak, but with drying, full tannins and a firm grip, it can handle that woodiness. A touch of barnyard renders it out of the ordinary, which is better than being dull and generic.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.