There's very little difference between this Merlot and La Joya's so-called Gran Reserve. Both are entirely solid, ripe, a touch bretty and friendly as can be. This wine has more plumpness and less structure than its big brother, but it's nice if you like soft, round, chewy berry fruit and not much tannic bite or acidic roughness.
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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.