2007 Viña Cono Sur Merlot
Appellation: Central Valley, Chile
Tasting Notes: 100% Merlot. 13.5% ABV. Nice violet color. Smokey and dark fruit on the nose. Taste is bright dark fruit, plum and blackberry, smooth mouthfeel, nice tannins on the back end, a touch disjointed on the finish which knocks this off being spectacular. Excellent QPR. Went very well with grilled lamb chops.
Rating: 3/5, 14/20, 88/100
Price: 10.99 at Bin 604
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours or Robert Parker’s, it is simply a subjective value based on my palate. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.