Full Review

LUXX

LUXX
2017 Merlot, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.72% RS: <1%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$29.99

LUXX
2017 Merlot, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.72% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of raspberry fruit leather, peppercorns, and cherry keffir with a lightly tannic, crisp, light-to-medium body and a graceful, short-lived chocolate wafer cookie finish with papery tannins. A soft and supple merlot sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: raspberry fruit leather, peppercorns, and cherry keffir
Taste Flavor: chocolate wafer cookie
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A soft and supple merlot sipper.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

Their Portfolio

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86 Caballeria de Luna 2015 White, Penedes 11.5% (Spain) $14.99.
85 Caballeria de Luna 2016 Off-Dry White Blend, Penedes 12% (Spain) $14.99.
84 Calamity Sue 2015 Riesling, Monterey County 11.3% (USA) $16.99.
93 Calamity Sue 2016 Riesling, Arroyo Seco 13.1% (USA) $17.99.
86 Fil Dore 2017 Pinot Gris, Pays d’Oc IGP 13% (France) $18.99.
81 Giovina 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 13.5% (Italy) $17.99.
88 Hoot 2016 White Blend, Symphony-Muscat of Alexandria, California 12.4% (USA) $16.99.
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92 Ignia 2015 Portuguese Red, Portugal 13.8% (Portugal) $17.99.
89 Ignia 2016 Portuguese Red Blend, Portugal 14.2% (Portugal) $17.99.
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88 Jitterbug 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.4% (USA) $17.99.
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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.