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Aperto

Aperto
2015 Merlot, Italy

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$6.45

Aperto
2015 Merlot, Italy

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of baked currants and blueberries and plum pastry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a polished, medium-length apple tart, sarsaparilla, orange zest, and clove finish with light oak flavor. A full-bodied Merlot that’s easy to pair.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: baked currants and blueberries and plum pastry
Taste Flavor: apple tart, sarsaparilla, orange zest, and clove
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A full-bodied merlot that's easy to pair.

The Producer or Importer

Julia Wine

The Producer or  Importer
230 Rue Notre-Dame
Lavaltrie, Québec J5T 1K1
Canada
1 514-875-8467

Their Portfolio

BR Accents 2018 Pinot Noir, France 12.7% (France) $6.45. - Bronze Medal
88 Accents 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, France 13% (France) $6.45.
86 Aperto 2018 Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Italy 12.3% (Italy) $6.45.
85 Aperto 2015 Merlot, Italy 13% (Italy) $6.45.
BR Le Clermont 2018 Pinot Noir, France 12.5% (France) $6.45. - Bronze Medal
85 Ve Ne Da 2018 Cabernet Franc, Italy 12.5% (Italy) $6.45.

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.