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Le Val

Le Val
2017 Merlot, France

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Le Val
2017 Merlot, France

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of candied cherry, vanilla custard, and raspberry jam with an tangy, dry medium body and an engaging, medium-to-long fleshy black plum, fig, cedar, nutmeg, and strawberry pastry filling finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. Well structured merlot with signature fruit and a flourish of spice

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: candied cherry, vanilla custard, and raspberry jam
Taste Flavor: fleshy black plum, fig, cedar, nutmeg, and strawberry pastry filling
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Venison, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Well structured merlot with signature fruit and a flourish of spice

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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.