Full Review

Bel Vino

Bel Vino
NV Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Turkey

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32.95

Bel Vino
NV Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Turkey

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry turnover, leather, tangerine zest, sweet tobacco, and pomegranate molasses with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing elements of carob with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lighter-bodied, crushable merlot with nice crowd-appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: cherry turnover, leather, tangerine zest, sweet tobacco, and pomegranate molasses
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of carob
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Sandwich, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lighter-bodied, crushable merlot with nice crowd-appeal.

The Producer

Bel Vino Winery

The Producer
33515 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-6414

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.