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Greyscale

Greyscale
2016 Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44

Greyscale
2016 Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
Black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long spice cabinet and caponata finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid merlot for rich steaks.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: blackberry cobbler and leather
Taste Flavor: spice cabinet and caponata
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Hanger Steak, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid merlot for rich steaks.

The Producer

Greyscale Wines

The Producer
PO Box 6264
Napa, CA 94581
USA
1 925-255-5187

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.