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If tasters can get past the intense green bell pepper nose characteristic of many Chilean reds -- including this one -- the Aresti Reserve Merlot rewards with its great fruit depth and dark berry aromas with hints of anise and vanilla. A rich, silky wine with a smooth mouth feel, the wine shows a spicy oak character from 30 percent of the wine being aged in 2-3 year-old French oak. Ripe plum, blackberry and black currant flavors on the palate finish with a hint of black pepper and some alcohol-induced heat in this medium-bodied wine. Good with pork tenderloin, red beans with sausage, stuffed peppers and pizza. Available at Elio's Wine Warehouse, Vieux Carré Wine & Spirits and Acquistapace's Covington Super Market. -- Brenda Maitland

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