Full Review

CK Mondavi

CK Mondavi
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: .5%
82 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$7

CK Mondavi
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: .5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of charred cedar, grilled pickle, and baked cranberries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish conveying elements of chocolate raisins and citrus peels and roasted nuts with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, dry merlot for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: charred cedar, grilled pickle, and baked cranberries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of chocolate raisins and citrus peels and roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Hamburger Steak, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky, dry merlot for the table.

The Producer

C. Mondavi Family Vineyards

The Producer
572 Gateway Drive
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-967-2200

Their Portfolio

88 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
82 CK Mondavi 2015 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
87 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
89 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
81 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
88 CK Mondavi 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
87 Flat Top Hills 2018 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $13.99.
85 Flat Top Hills 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.99% (USA) $13.50.
82 Flat Top Hills 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.

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.