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Dragon’s Tears

Dragon’s Tears
Grand Reserva, Merlot, Spain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.49
Best Buy

Dragon’s Tears
Grand Reserva, Merlot, Spain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
Dark violet color. Aromas of chocolate covered strawberries, leather, and peony with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, easy strawberry jam, almond biscotti, dried orange peel, and black tea finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and jammy wine for fruit lovers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered strawberries, leather, and peony
Taste Flavor: strawberry jam, almond biscotti, dried orange peel, and black tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and jammy wine for fruit lovers.

The Producer

Minhas Winery

The Producer
1408 13th Street
Monroe, WI 53566
USA

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.