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Esser Vineyards

Esser Vineyards
2016 Merlot, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .91%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
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Esser Vineyards
2016 Merlot, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .91%
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of jalapeño in honey, chives, coriander spiced plums, black olives, cedar, boysenberry, and mocha latte with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length dried cranberry and bay laurel finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy merlot for rustic pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: jalapeño in honey, chives, coriander spiced plums, black olives, cedar, boysenberry, and mocha latte
Taste Flavor: dried cranberry and bay laurel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Braised Rabbit, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spicy merlot for rustic pairings.

The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
5570 Skylane Blvd, Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 916-912-9559

Their Portfolio

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86 Crush 8 2017 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $9.99.
84 Crush 8 2017 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $9.99.
90 Esser Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
85 Esser Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
90 Esser Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
80 Esser Vineyards 2014 Rose, Syrah, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Esser Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Esser Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
90 Esser Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
93 Esser Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
83 Esser Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
80 Esser Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
90 Esser Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $17.99.
87 Esser Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Esser Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
84 Esser Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
87 Esser Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
90 Esser Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
87 Las Palmeras 2014 Red Blend, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
92 Las Palmeras 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
87 Las Palmeras 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13% (USA) $14.99.
83 Las Palmeras 2014 Red Blend, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
82 Las Palmeras 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13% (USA) $14.99.
89 Las Palmeras 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.

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.