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DiMatteo Vineyards

DiMatteo Vineyards
NV Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15.01
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DiMatteo Vineyards
NV Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baked berries, chocolate-hazelnut genache, vanilla bean, hint of mint, and tomato leaf with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish revealing impressions of licorice and black tea with moderate oak flavor. A wildly attractive, unabashedly fruity Merlot from the Outer Coastal Plain.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked berries, chocolate-hazelnut genache, vanilla bean, hint of mint, and tomato leaf
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of licorice and black tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wildly attractive, unabashedly fruity Merlot from the Outer Coastal Plain.

The Producer

DiMatteo Vineyards

The Producer
951 8th St
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-704-1414

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.