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Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2014 Estate, Merlot, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
82 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$27.95

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2014 Estate, Merlot, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of blackberries and plums, walnut skin and oil, pressed flowers, and oak and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with papery, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: blackberries and plums, walnut skin and oil, pressed flowers, and oak and turned earth
Taste Flavor: blackberries and plums, walnut skin and oil, pressed flowers, and oak and turned earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Beef Sandwich, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
The Producer

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

The Producer
4746 Townline Rd
Lockport, NY 14094
USA
1 716-434-8030
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.