Merlot displays a beautiful combination of fruity and savory aromas—dark plum, violet, fresh mushroom and a hint of sage and thyme. Flavors of black currant, pomegranate and espresso are met with well-integrated oak influence. This rich, medium-bodied Merlot has just the right acidity to make it versatile when pairing with food. Pair with shepherd’s pie, spaghetti or a chocolate dessert dish. Chile's natural boundaries are clearly defined. At the north end is the Atacama Desert, the south end is defined by the Patagonian glaciers, the eastern border is marked by the great Andes Mountain Range, and to the west is the Pacific Ocean. Together these distinct barriers help to maintain healthy growing conditions, protecting vineyards from pests and disease. Stretching nearly 250 miles from north to south, Valle Central of Chile is one of the largest wine regions in South America. In this region, vines thrive in uninterrupted sunshine. As night falls, cold air descends from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes. This temperature swing provides the environment wine grapes need to develop fresh fruit characteristics and crisp acidity. Chilean vineyards benefit from the abundant water for irrigation which flows from the eternal ice caps of the Andes.