Full Review

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2015 Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Biltmore Estate
2015 Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .5%
Dark garnet black color. Minerally aromas of basalt and clay and fresh fig with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marcona almonds, cinnamon dusted blueberries, membrillo, balsamic glazed roasted carrot, and chocolate covered dried cherry finish with earthy, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A red wine for dinners in the countryside.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: basalt and clay and fresh fig
Taste Flavor: marcona almonds, cinnamon dusted blueberries, membrillo, balsamic glazed roasted carrot, and chocolate covered dried cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Wood Grilled Skirt Steak, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A red wine for dinners in the countryside.

The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

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

Their Portfolio

89 Antler Hill 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $49.99.
87 Antler Hill 2016 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
91 Biltmore Estate 2013 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $12.99.
87 Biltmore Estate 2013 White Blend, American 13% (USA) $13.99.
84 Biltmore Estate 2013 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $15.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2012 Pinot Noir, American 14.1% (USA) $16.99.
84 Biltmore Estate 2014 Pinot Grigio, American 13% (USA) $11.99.
83 Biltmore Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $10.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2013 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $11.99.
89 Biltmore Estate 2013 White Blend, American 13% (USA) $13.99.
84 Biltmore Estate 2014 Blanc de Noir, Zinfandel, American 11% (USA) $10.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $12.99.
93 Biltmore Estate 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $18.99.
86 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Pinot Grigio, American 13% (USA) $16.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2015 Pinot Grigio, American 12.5% (USA) $11.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $18.99.
89 Biltmore Estate 2014 Petit Manseng, North Carolina 13% (USA) $17.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2014 Syrah, American 14.2% (USA) $16.99.
90 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Roussanne, American 12.5% (USA) $16.99.
87 Biltmore Estate 2015 Wine Club Exclusive Release, Roussanne - Viognier, American 13% (USA) $24.99.
81 Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release, Merlot, American 14.3% (USA) $19.99.
85 Biltmore Estate NV Century Sweet Red, American 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
88 Biltmore Estate 2013 Wine Club Exclusive, Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County 14.2% (USA) $29.99.
87 Biltmore Estate 2014 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $14.99.
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.
84 Biltmore Reserve 2015 Viognier, North Carolina 13% (USA) $18.99.
91 Biltmore Reserve 2016 Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $19.00.
85 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $26.99.
91 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Merlot, Dry Creek Valley 14.6% (USA) $26.99.
89 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.2% (USA) $26.99.
93 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $27.00.
85 Vanderbilt Reserve 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.2% (USA) $35.00.

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.