Full Review

Falkner

Falkner
2013 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .04%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39.95
Cellar Selection

Falkner
2013 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .04%
Dusty ruby color. Roasted, savory aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, olives and tomato leaf, roasted root vegetables, and clay and leather with a silky, soft, dry medium body and a smooth, complex, long dark chocolate, creme brulee, spiced plums, and earth finish with fine, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, savory Old World style merlot that will be a perfect dinner companion.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dark roasted nuts, olives and tomato leaf, roasted root vegetables, and clay and leather
Taste Flavor: dark chocolate, creme brulee, spiced plums, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Short Ribs With Mushrooms, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, savory Old World style merlot that will be a perfect dinner companion.

The Producer

Falkner Winery

The Producer
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-8231

Their Portfolio

89 Falkner 2012 Riesling, Temecula Valley 11.3% (USA) $19.95.
91 Falkner 2012 Estate Grown, Rosato, Temecula Valley 11.5% (USA) $15.95.
86 Falkner 2012 Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 13.6% (USA) $19.95.
87 Falkner 2011 Rock Creek Vineyard, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.95.
92 Falkner 2013 Estate Grown, Viognier, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $27.95.
90 Falkner 2010 Special Selection, Meritage, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $39.95.
85 Falkner 2013 Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
90 Falkner 2013 "Risqué", Riesling, Temecula Valley 10% (USA) $19.95.
84 Falkner 2013 "Irresistable Rosato", Temecula Valley 11.8% (USA) $15.95.
86 Falkner 2012 "Luscious Lips", California 13.9% (USA) $15.95.
89 Falkner 2013 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $22.95.
91 Falkner 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $28.95.
92 Falkner 2011 Special Selection, Meritage, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $42.95.
91 Falkner 2013 Rock Creek Vineyard, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $38.95.
96 Falkner 2012 "Amante" Super Tuscan Style Red Wine, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $49.95.
84 Falkner 2013 Rock Creek Vineyard, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $38.95.
86 Falkner 2015 Viognier, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $27.95.
94 Falkner 2013 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $39.95.
89 Falkner 2013 "Luscious Lips" Red, California 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
84 Falkner 2014 "Luscious Lips" White, California 11.8% (USA) $16.95.
86 Falkner 2015 "Irresistible" Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $15.95.
80 Falkner 2015 "Risque", Riesling, Temecula 12.9% (USA) $19.95.
89 Falkner 2015 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.95.
84 Falkner 2014 Vintner’s Reserve, Sangiovese, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2015 Irresistible Rosato, Temecula Valley 13.2% (USA) $16.95.
92 Falkner 2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.95.
94 Falkner 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $39.95.
80 Falkner 2013 Luscious Lips Red, California 14.5% (USA) $17.95.
85 Falkner 2016 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
81 Falkner 2016 Semi-Dry Irresistible Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $17.95.
82 Falkner 2016 Risque Semi-Dry, Riesling, Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $21.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.95.
96 Falkner 2014 Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $54.95.

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.