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Casa Barranca

Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard, Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
No Sulfites & USDA Organic
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard, Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Fruity, jammy aromas of ripe juicy berries, holiday spices, and fruit cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long cassis, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, mulberry, huckleberry, burnt sugar, toasty oak, and black pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Colossal berry flavors abound in this super-juicy merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: ripe juicy berries, holiday spices, and fruit cake
Taste Flavor: cassis, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, mulberry, huckleberry, burnt sugar, toasty oak, and black pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pork Chop With Rich Sauce, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Colossal berry flavors abound in this super-juicy merlot.

The Producer

Casa Barranca Wines

The Producer
208 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
USA
1 805-640-1334

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.