Drinking Tonight: Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Merlot

A cheap TJ Merlot from Chile’s Central Valley.  This is the 2012 vintage, purchased for $4.70. I’m having this with some warm goat cheese, and then a simple green salad.

Photo0232Color: quite dark reddish-purple. Good Chilean Merlots have that cool-climate color and can be fully extracted without overdoing the alcohol. Very promising.

Aroma: blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry, and a hint of bramble.

Taste: a great bottle for under $5! This has plenty of fruit, good structure and depth, enough tannin for food, a touch of oak, and a nice motion of flavors across the tongue. It’s also not too acidic, which is the number one fault of most domestic Merlots.

Recommended! I’ll probably sock away a case in the cellar for fall and winter drinking.  I think this would go well with roasted root vegetables and cous-cous, lean grilled beef, or lamb.

 

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2 thoughts on “Drinking Tonight: Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Merlot

  1. Pingback: Drinking Tonight: Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Cabernet | The Wine Me Up! Blog

  2. Barbara Thornton

    I tried to buy a case of Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2012 at my local Trader Joe’s but was told I couldn’t get it and it hasn’t been stocked for about a month. Does anyone/anywhere have this wine?

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