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Bliss Family Vineyards

Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry mostarda, raspberry jam, plum tart, and toasted graham with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing nuances of smoked almonds and espresso- chocolate genache with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An approachable and crowd-pleasing merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: cherry mostarda, raspberry jam, plum tart, and toasted graham
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of smoked almonds and espresso- chocolate genache
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Cuban Sandwich, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An approachable and crowd-pleasing merlot.

The Producer

Brutocao Cellars

The Producer
1400 Hwy 175
Hopland, CA 95449
USA
1 707-744-1066

Their Portfolio

86 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Rosé Estate Bottled, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
91 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
87 Bliss Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Bottled, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Bliss Family Vineyards Blissful Red, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $.00.
91 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
90 Bliss Family Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
94 Brutocao 2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
90 Brutocao 2016 Estate Bottled Feliz Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
88 Brutocao 2013 Estate Bottled Quadriga Hopland Ranches Red Blend, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
88 Brutocao 2013 Estate Bottled Bliss Vineyard, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
88 Brutocao 2014 Torrent Hopland Ranches Red Wine, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Brutocao 2014 Contento Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $.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.