Smoking Loon Winery The Original Merlot 2014, Chile 

My Rating 83 Points.   

Price $9.
Ruby in color with medium
intensity and a purplish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, light cloves, earth, green vegetables, herbs, green olives, animal notes, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with strawberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and peppercorn.

A nice Chilean Merlot. Simple, but drinks well now, even by itself. Good right out of the bottle, but I let it breath, in the bottle, for a couple of hours.

A Good party wine too. Drinks better while it is still young and fresh. Not one to age. Nice and balanced with a spicy kick.

I paired it with hard cheeses, crackers and strawberries.

As it opens up (4 hours), it becomes more savory with dried beef, cola and vegetables.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

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