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HOM

HOM
2018 Organic, Merlot, Spain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13%
Organically Grown Grapes
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15.99

HOM
2018 Organic, Merlot, Spain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, chocolate mousse, cedar, toasty pie crusts, and star anise with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of graphite and cafe latte with a suggestion of oak flavor. A silky Merlot with big fruit, toasty oak, and distinctive minerality; raises the bar for weeknight wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: blackberry jam, chocolate mousse, cedar, toasty pie crusts, and star anise
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of graphite and cafe latte
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky Merlot with big fruit, toasty oak, and distinctive minerality; raises the bar for weeknight wine.

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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.