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90+ Cellars

90+ Cellars
2016 Merlot, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$13.99
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90+ Cellars
2016 Merlot, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Dark dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of mixed berries and vanilla pound cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length leather, tobacco, and black pepper finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A plush, fruity merlot that will be a real crowd-pleaser.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: mixed berries and vanilla pound cake
Taste Flavor: leather, tobacco, and black pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Goulash, Mushroom Cheeseburger , Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A plush, fruity merlot that will be a real crowd-pleaser.

The Producer

90+ Cellars - Latitude Beverage Co.

The Producer
20 Guest Street, Suite 105
Brighton, MA 02135
USA
1 857-576-6035

Their Portfolio

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93 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills 14.5% (USA) $13.99.
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88 90+ Cellars 2014 Grand Vino Red Blend, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
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Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.