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The 2013 Merlot includes 10% Cabernet Franc from the Uco Valley. As the rest of reds, it fermented in stainless steel with some inner staves. The nose shows bright notes of cherries and aromatic herbs that are quite perfumed and attractive. The sleek palate shows nice flavors, it's clean and easy. The 40,000 bottles produced are exported to the US.
The Tilia range is produced at Bodegas Esmeralda, one of the Catena family’s oldest wineries in Junin in the eastern part of Mendoza, a very poor zone, where there was no tradition for quality wines and the vineyards were trained in the pergola system. They blend in some fruit from the south part of the province that has higher acidity, as they aim at drinkable wines. The Tilia name comes from the tilo trees (linden) which are quite common there. In general, the Tilia wines see no or very little oak, trying to preserve the fruit character of the wine. They are closed with screw caps. Great value wines.
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