OENOFOROS Product Details 0012 Oenoforos Montes Reserva Merlot 2018
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Country: Chile, Colchagua Valley.
Grape: Varieties: Merlot 85%, Carmenère 15%
James Suckling 91/100

The vineyards are located in our Apalta and El Arcángel del Marchigüe Vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Its soils are derived from granite in different degrees of decomposition with varying slopes, effective rooting depths, organic matter, and types of geological formations, which makes these two terroirs very interesting. Apalta is characterized by its colluvial and alluvial influences with varying depths and textures in the highest zones and more homogenous zones in the lower sectors due to the influence of the Tinguiririca River. Its Mediterranean climate gives us summers with cold nights and hot days, which helps slow ripening in our vineyards. Marchigüe presents shallower soils with moderate slopes, primarily of colluvial origin and a presence of angular stones at shallow depths. The climate is more severe than in Apalta and presents more wind and solar radiation as well as lower precipitation due to its location close to the Coastal Mountains.

Merlot Harvest: March 14–April 5: The winter of 2017 was characterized as being excellent in terms of precipitation, and the annual rainfall was more than 500 mm in the Colchagua Valley, making it the rainiest year in the past decade. This enabled us to accumulate a significant amount of water in the soils and reservoirs, which made optimal plant development possible in every phenological stage and enabled the grapes to reach harvest comfortably. Although there were some minor frosts in the spring, they did not cause any damage to our red varieties. Temperatures were cool through mid-November, which resulted in a two-week delay in bud break and flowering. The summer presented moderate temperatures. The average high temperature in January was 28ºC, followed by a pronounced drop in nighttime temperatures in February, which slowed ripening delayed harvest by approximately 14 days when compared to the previous season. Otherwise it was ideal in terms of even ripening, very good aromatic development, and the conservation of natural acidity. There was no rainfall during the months leading up to the harvest, and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were harvested earlier than usual, with excellent heath, good parameters of ripeness, and tremendous expression during fermentation.

Tasting Notes: An intense carmine-red in color, this Montes Classic Series Merlot presents powerful aromatic complexity. It impresses from the start, first with its pool of aromas from contact with French oak. Notes of caramel (dulce de leche), jam, vanilla, and a bit of spice intermingle with ripe fruit recalling black plums, blackberries, and spices such as red pepper. The friendly, medium-bodied palate has very well-assembled tannins and nicely balanced acidity. The fruit and oak meld very well on the palate and linger on the long finish.

Food Pairing: Game Meat, Pastas
Case Bottles: 12
Product Id: 0012




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The Grape
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at its best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy