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Amalthea

Amalthea
2015 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.99

Amalthea
2015 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of plum shrub, tea leaves, and mechanical pencil with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length blue raspberry, balsamic, and toasted cedar finish with fruit, well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and well structured Merlot sure to turn heads at the dinner table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: plum shrub, tea leaves, and mechanical pencil
Taste Flavor: blue raspberry, balsamic, and toasted cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Steak With Red Wine Demi-Glace, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious and well structured Merlot sure to turn heads at the dinner table.

The Producer

Amalthea Cellars

The Producer
209 Vineyard Rd
Atco, NJ 08004
USA
1 856-768-8585

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.