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Estancia

Estancia
2016 Merlot, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .23%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Estancia
2016 Merlot, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .23%
Ruby black color. Aromas of tomato vine, dried berries, and buttered coffee cake with cinnamon crumble with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length dr. pepper, strawberry leaf, grenadine, dill, and licorice finish. A solid merlot for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: tomato vine, dried berries, and buttered coffee cake with cinnamon crumble
Taste Flavor: dr. pepper, strawberry leaf, grenadine, dill, and licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Goulash, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid merlot for the table.

The Producer

Estancia Winery

The Producer
1255 Battery St. Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
1 415-608-5950

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.