A Chilean Merlot Very Enjoyable with a Beef & Pork Stew

Tonight we had some more of the stew from the previous evening (see 24th September).  We opened a bottle of Casa del Rio Verde Merlot 2009 from Sunday Times Wine Club.  The last time we had this wine a few weeks ago (see Sunday 14th August 2011), we enjoyed it with Goulasch when we found the combination really brought the cherry flavours in the wine to the fore.  This time the cherries were still much in evidence, together with a subtle sweetness. We also tasted strawberries, vanilla and a spicy edge.  A far more enjoyable pairing with the stew than the previous evening.

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