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|Dallas-Conte 1998 Rapel Valley (Chile) Merlot ($9.99)|
Inky dark reddish-purple, with chocolate, oaky vanillins and simple black fruit on the nose and palate. Crisp fruit and sweet oak, soft tannins on the palate. Not a bad New World-style Merlot, especially for the price. U.S. importer: Mildara Blass Wines Inc., Raleigh, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: Not bad when pressed into emergency service (to replace a "corked" Pinot Gris) with fresh salmon and peas in a cream sauce over pasta, but it really wants good beef or lamb.
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