Panilonco Merlot-Malbec Reserva 2011

Peck_PaniloncoMerlotMalbec2011An inexpensive red from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.

Winemaker:  Panilonco (by Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle S.A.)
Wine:  Chief of Lions Merlot-Malbec Reserva
Varietal:  Red Blend
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile D.O.
Price:  $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This budget-friendly offering was a deep red in the glass.  It is a medium-bodied mix of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec.  It had a soft, round bouquet of dark fruit, with hints of earth, oak and anise.  On the tongue I found plum, blackberry, a bit of clay, and benzine.  As the wine breathed, the plum flavor lifted a tad to more of a currant while the rest remained consistent.  Tannins are moderate and provide a grassy finish.  Alcohol is 13%, and acidity seemed OK.  Some, no doubt, will be put off by the benzine.  I found nothing to complain about.  I think it will do just fine as a table wine paired with meat dishes.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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4 thoughts on “Panilonco Merlot-Malbec Reserva 2011

    • Well, yes, perhaps. I guess I just don’t think about “cellaring” a $4.99 bottle of wine on my end. I sort of feel like most wines at the low end of the price scale are being produced as “drink now” selections. And so that means if they aren’t yet ready for public consumption, they should have stayed in the wine-maker’s cellar another year. Perhaps that’s a preconceived notion I should re-examine.

      • Yeah, I see what you mean. But it is just with these younger wines, especially red, often Malbec, they are just thrown out there, without really much thought going into the making or selling…and even those can profit from some ageing. It is probably not worth it, I would agree with that, but could do the wine some good…but I am totally with you: An under 5 bucks bottle should be just right for drinking. Or not be drunk…

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