Full Review

Contempo

Contempo
2018 Merlot, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chocolate Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10
Best Buy

Contempo
2018 Merlot, Central Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chocolate Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Roasted aromas of chocolate espresso beans and berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long yogurt raisins, mocha, and nuts finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice toasty Merlot with appealing flavors and a well balanced finish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate espresso beans and berry tart
Taste Flavor: yogurt raisins, mocha, and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Bacon Cheeseburger, Skirt Steak with Mole, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice toasty Merlot with appealing flavors and a well balanced finish.

The Importer

Boutique Bev

The Importer
1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste CC #220
Wilmington, NC 28405
USA
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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.