Full Review

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2015 Limited Release, Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: .4%
81 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$19.99

Biltmore Estate
2015 Limited Release, Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: .4%
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of sugar dusted blackberries, planked oak, beech mushrooms, and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with woody, earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: sugar dusted blackberries, planked oak, beech mushrooms, and turned earth
Taste Flavor: sugar dusted blackberries, planked oak, beech mushrooms, and turned earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Mushroom Cassoulet, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lower quality commercially acceptable example.

The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

The Producer
One Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
USA
1 828-225-6280

Their Portfolio

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93 Biltmore Estate 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $18.99.
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88 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Grigio, American 12.5% (USA) $11.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $18.99.
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90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Syrah, American 14.2% (USA) $16.99.
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87 Biltmore Estate 2015 Wine Club Exclusive Release, Roussanne - Viognier, American 13% (USA) $24.99.
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88 Biltmore Estate 2015 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $13.00.
88 Biltmore Estate NV Century Sweet White, American 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Chenin Blanc, American 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Grigio, American 12.8% (USA) $13.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2015 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
83 Biltmore Estate 2016 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2015 White Blend, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $16.00.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Noir, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2016 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Semillon, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Chenin Blanc, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
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91 Biltmore Estate 2016 White Blend, American 13.0% (USA) $15.00.
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86 Biltmore Estate 2017 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
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84 Biltmore Estate 2018 Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Pinot Noir, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Blanc de Noir Rosé, Zinfandel, American 11% (USA) $12.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Syrah, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, American 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Marsanne, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Roussanne, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate NV Blanc de Noir Sparkling, American 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
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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.