Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2009
Veramonte Winery, opened in 1998, is located in the pristine Casablanca Valley, one of Chile's premiere winegrowing regions nestled between the soaring Andes Mountains and the rugged Pacific Coast. The wild Patagonia lies to the south and the mighty Andes Mountains rises behind them in the east. In this distant winemaker's paradise, 1,000 acres of grapevines are nestled among 11,000 acres of wild land that Veramonte has preserved as a natural greenbelt. Their striking, modern winery was designed by one of Chile's leading architects, Jorge Swinburn. Built for small-lot wine production, the facility ensures individual vineyard blocks can be fermented and aged separately prior to final blending—allowing winemaking to create authentic, vineyard-expressive wines. Veramonte makes three separate product labels in addition to their main Veramonte label: Primus, Ritual, and Cruz Andina. This Merlot has gorgeous purple color and bold fruit flavors.
A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark ruby-red color with youthful, dark fruit aromas and hints of chocolate, pepper, and toasted oak. Also shows notes of tobacco, eucalyptus, and mint. Rich and full of generous berry flavors accompanied by velvety smooth tannins.