Full Review

Green Fin

Green Fin
2016 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 1.2%
Organically Grown Grapes
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$4.99
Best Buy

Green Fin
2016 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 1.2%
Dusty ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries, mustard seeds, cedar, dill, and marjoram with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A no-fuss juicy merlot to drink right now.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dried cherries, mustard seeds, cedar, dill, and marjoram
Taste Flavor: dried cherries, mustard seeds, cedar, dill, and marjoram
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Meatloaf And Buttery Mashed Fingerling Potatoes, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A no-fuss juicy merlot to drink right now.

The Producer

Bronco Wine Company

The Producer
33 Harlow Court
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-346-6025

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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.