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2016 Merlot, France

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 12.5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7.49
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2016 Merlot, France

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 12.5%
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy aromas of cola float, grilled meats, blueberry custard, and dried herbs with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy cherry flesh and stones, chinotto, and pomegranate finish. A fruity French pleaser for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: cola float, grilled meats, blueberry custard, and dried herbs
Taste Flavor: cherry flesh and stones, chinotto, and pomegranate
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity French pleaser for the table.

The Producer

Vins Arterra Canada

The Producer
175 Chemin Marieville
Rougemont, Quebec JOL 1MO
Canada
1 514-861-2404

Their Portfolio

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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.