Full Review

Clone 7

Clone 7
2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$10.99

Clone 7
2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark chocolate nuts, creme brulee crust, and dried berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of nutskin, mocha latte with cocoa, and earth with soft, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A smooth and easy sipper with an earthy edge.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, New World & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: dark chocolate nuts, creme brulee crust, and dried berries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of nutskin, mocha latte with cocoa, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smooth and easy sipper with an earthy edge.

The Producer

Mach Flynt Inc.

The Producer
1020 Pujo Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
USA
1 337-794-0572

Their Portfolio

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92 Clone 7 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.99.
87 Clone 7 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $13.99.
89 Clone 7 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $12.99.
88 Clone 7 2016 Red Blend, Syrah, Columbia Valley 14.3% (USA) $12.99.
83 Clone 7 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.3% (USA) $10.99.
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87 Clone 7 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $8.99.
88 Clone 7 2018 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.99.
92 Clone 7 2018 Riesling, Columbia Valley 11.5% (USA) $9.99.
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86 First Timer 2014 Red Wine, California 13% (USA) $12.99.
93 First Timer 2015 Repeat Offender, Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $19.99.
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87 Geaux Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Central Coast 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
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89 Mt. Fury 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.1% (USA) $18.99.
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86 Mt. Fury 2017 Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
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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.