Full Review

Jarvis

Jarvis
2013 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$230
Cellar Selection

Jarvis
2013 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Garnet black color. Aromas of bouillon, carob, raspberry bush, marinated strawberry, tar, violets, and fire-roasted tomato ragu with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, long pepper sauce, ripe plum, cinnamon-chocolate, and eucalyptus finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and savory merlot that will effortlessly complement a good meal; quite complex.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: bouillon, carob, raspberry bush, marinated strawberry, tar, violets, and fire-roasted tomato ragu
Taste Flavor: pepper sauce, ripe plum, cinnamon-chocolate, and eucalyptus
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and savory merlot that will effortlessly complement a good meal; quite complex.

The Producer

Jarvis Vineyards

The Producer
2970 Monticello Rd
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-255-5280

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.