Santa Alicia Merlot
This wine is a true expression of Chilean fruit with loads of ripe plummy fruit, blackberry and hints of mint and pepper on the nose. Well focused fruit-driven flavors on the palate complemented by sweet round tannins on the finish.
$16.00 / Bottle $192.00 / Case
Looking for value for your holiday entertaining? Santa Alicia is our "go-to" wine for any kind of gathering. Everyone loves Merlot, so you can’t go wrong here!
Merlot by moonlight!
Santa Alicia began its life as "Las Casas de Pirque". Founded in 1954 by Mr. Máximo Valdés, a prominent business man and well known Chilean politician, the winery began its life under the name "Las Casas de Pirque" after the family’s estate in the Maipo Valley.
The Valdes Family, now in its fourth generation, has over 1000 acres of vineyards and over the past half century they’ve learned how to extract the best from the Valley’s unique terrain.
As the family began to export their wines to the world market, they adopted a new name "Santa Alicia" in honor of Máximo’s preference for the name "Alicia", which is present in every generation of his large family.
The Santa Alicia Estate is located in Pirque, in the Maipo Valley near the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The soil was formed by volcanic eruptions in glacial valleys, a process that began some 120 million years ago when the Andes mountains rose from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
These volcanic soils, when combined with an excellent climate and pure irrigation waters from the Andes Mountains, constitute the terroirs for the cultivations of a wide variety of wine grapes, with marvelous results.
The harvest takes place in February and March for the white grapes and in April for the red grapes. The grapes are hand-picked early in the morning when the temperature is still cool, avoiding any quality problems caused by high temperatures (oxidation, growth of undesired microbes). The grapes are taken to the cellars where they’re destemmed, crushed and sent directly into stainless steel tanks.
Selected yeast are added to the crushed grapes to begin fermentation. The wines are racked two or three times during the first year to gently remove the naturally forming sediments. The only further treatments the wine receives are cold stabilization and egg white fining before bottling. Serve with roast chicken and potatoes.