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Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2015 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20
Cellar Selection

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2015 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of vanilla-blackberry custard and coconut with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate genache, polished furniture, black licorice, and curry spices finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A plush and oaky Merlot that will be very will make for a great glass by the fire.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: vanilla-blackberry custard and coconut
Taste Flavor: dark chocolate genache, polished furniture, black licorice, and curry spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Pumpkin Ravioli, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A plush and oaky Merlot that will be very will make for a great glass by the fire.

The Producer

Alexander Valley Vineyards

The Producer
8644 Hwy 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-433-7209

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.