Full Review

Athenaeum

Athenaeum
2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39.95
Cellar Selection

Athenaeum
2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of fajita veggies, dried cranberries and blueberries, smoked coriander seed, and dry earth with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a sleek, relaxed dried orange peel and toasted Russian black bread finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy and savory merlot for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: fajita veggies, dried cranberries and blueberries, smoked coriander seed, and dry earth
Taste Flavor: dried orange peel and toasted Russian black bread
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Beef, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy and savory merlot for the table.

The Producer

Purple Wine & Spirits Co.

The Producer
9119 Graton Rd
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-829-6228

Their Portfolio

89 Arius 2014 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 14% (USA) $25.95.
85 Arius 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $18.99.
87 Arius 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $17.99.
91 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.95.
94 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
87 Athenaeum 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
86 Avalon 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Avalon 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Avalon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
84 Avalon 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Avalon 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
89 Cabpothesis 2015 Old Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $18.95.
90 Calista 2013 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $24.99.
84 Calista 2016 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, Mendocino County-Monterey County-Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
89 Donovan-Parke 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.08% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
86 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
86 Donovan-Parke 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
84 Donovan-Parke 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.0% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
85 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $24.95.
90 Dusk to Dawn 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 11% (USA) $23.99.
89 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Lucky Star 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Lucky Star 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
81 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 11% (USA) $19.99.
89 Main & Geary 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 14% (USA) $19.95.
85 Main & Geary 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $18.95.
89 Main & Geary 2016 Petite Sirah, Lodi 14% (USA) $17.95.
83 Main & Geary 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 14% (USA) $19.95.
87 Marc Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
91 Moral Compass 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $19.95.
87 Moral Compass 2016 Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $19.95.
87 Pico & Vine 2014 Meritage, Napa County 14.5% (USA) $17.99.
88 Pico & Vine 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.8% (USA) $17.99.
89 Raeburn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $16.95.
91 Raeburn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.99.
92 Scattered Peaks 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Secret Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
90 Secret Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Secret Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
85 Secret Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
87 StonD 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
91 The Weasel and the Cork 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $29.95.
87 The Weasel and the Cork 2016 Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $29.95.
87 Trailhead 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $35.95.
81 Trailhead 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.95.
84 Twirl 2015 Moscato, California 11% (USA) $13.95.
86 Twirl 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $13.95.
86 Twirl 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $13.95.
81 Twirl 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $13.95.
83 Twirl 2017 , Moscato, California 10% (USA) $13.95.
89 Twirl NV Sangria, California 10.5% (USA) $13.95.
89 Viva La Fruita NV La Fruta Sangria, California 10.3% (USA) $15.95.
85 Zynthesis 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $19.95.

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.