Full Review

Alias

Alias
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10.99

Alias
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
Dusty ruby color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of spiced berries, pencil shavings, and toasty oak and incense with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, fast finish imparting accents of vanilla custard and nuts with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice toasty, well-oaked merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries, pencil shavings, and toasty oak and incense
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of vanilla custard and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice toasty, well-oaked merlot.

The Producer

Folktale Wine Group

The Producer
8940 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
USA
1 831-293-7514

Their Portfolio

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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.