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Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .02%
Organically Grown Grapes
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$43

Grgich Hills
2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .02%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of polished oak, black plum, dried strawberries, steak seasoning, and baby’s breath with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish conveying accents of pomegranate vinaigrette, wood chips, menthol, cedar, and chocolate toffee with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice everyday merlot with satisfyingly chewy tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: polished oak, black plum, dried strawberries, steak seasoning, and baby's breath
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of pomegranate vinaigrette, wood chips, menthol, cedar, and chocolate toffee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Vintage Cheddar, Philly Steak Sandwich, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice everyday merlot with satisfyingly chewy tannins.

The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

The Producer
P.O Box 450
Rutherford, CA 94573
USA
1 707-963-2784

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.