Print this page La Joya Gran Reserva Merlot

 

Reviews & Awards

2010 Merlot

 

BEST BUY, 90 Points
“Toasty, rich and spicy on the nose, with big black fruit aromas, a dusting of raw oak and smoked meat. It’s full, round and lush in the mouth, with ripe flavors of blackberry and oak but nothing candied, faux or cheap tasting. Smooth, full and chocolaty on the finish; excellent overall for $11 Merlot.”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2011


2009 Merlot

 

BEST BUY, 85 Points
"Dark and crusty smelling, with raisin and baked dark fruit aromas. The palate has some fullness but also piercing acids, and the flavors are your standard mix of black fruit, plum and herbal leafiness. Solid enough but highly regular."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, June 2011


2007 Merlot

 

#88 Top 100 BEST BUY of 2009
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2009


2003 Merlot

 

#44 Top 100 BEST BUY of 2005
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2005


2006 Merlot

 

BEST BUY
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2008


Tasting Notes

This medium bodied Merlot has flavors and aromas of cherries, raspberries, and strawberries with hints of vanilla and clove. This is an excellent everyday value for Chilean wine fans.

Food Pairings

Pairs well with pork, chicken, salmon or scallops.

Varietal(s)

100% Merlot

Region

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Vineyard & Winemaking Notes

The grapes are 100% estate grown from the Bisquertt vineyards of Las Garzas, Chomedahue, Lihueimo, Rinconada, Casas Viejas, El Rulo, and Trinidad. Each vineyard has their own distinctive micro-climate contributing subtle nuances and complexity. The Colchagua Valley is heavily influenced by its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, resulting in cool nights and dry sunny days creating the optimal growing conditions. The soils are alluvial with excellent drainage. The wine is stainless steel fermented and a portion is barrel aged for 8-10 months in French and American oak. Then it is cold stabilized and filtered before bottling. After bottling, it is stored in the cellars three to four months before being released.