Full Review

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2017 Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

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

Biltmore Estate
2017 Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .5%
Garnet color. Aromas of cinnamon pastry, dried berries, cherry blossom, and cherry wood with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long espresso bean, dark chocolate, cherry granola, and kalamata olive finish with dusty, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Merlot with great pairing possibilities.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cinnamon pastry, dried berries, cherry blossom, and cherry wood
Taste Flavor: espresso bean, dark chocolate, cherry granola, and kalamata olive
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Bourguignon, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid Merlot with great pairing possibilities.

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.
89 Antler Hill 2017 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
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.
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.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Gewurztraminer, American 13.0% (USA) $17.00.
91 Biltmore Estate 2016 White Blend, American 13.0% (USA) $15.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2015 Vintage Blanc de Blancs, North Carolina 12.5% (USA) $50.00.
84 Biltmore Estate NV Cardinal Crest Red Blend, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2017 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2017 Sangiovese, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Reserve, Viognier, North Carolina 13% (USA) $24.00.
91 Biltmore Estate 2016 Limited Release, Tempranillo, American 13% (USA) $24.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate NV Blanc De Blancs Sparkling, American 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2018 Chenin Blanc, American 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
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.
84 Biltmore Estate 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
92 Biltmore Estate 2017 The Hunt Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
86 Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend, American .2% (USA) $25.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2017 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $16.00.
89 Biltmore Estate NV Cardinal’s Crest Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $24.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Chardonnay, American 13.5% (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.
90 Biltmore Reserve 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $24.00.
90 Pas de Deux NV Off-Dry Sparkling, Moscato, American 11.5% (USA) $20.00.
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.
93 Vanderbilt Reserve 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.8% (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.