Full Review

Le Vigne

Le Vigne
2014 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6% RS: .07%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19
Best Buy

Le Vigne
2014 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6% RS: .07%
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, dill marinated olives, and chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish displaying overtones of spiced toffee, cedar, and cherry cola with well-integrated, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious and lively merlot with great fruit and acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dried berries, dill marinated olives, and chocolate
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of spiced toffee, cedar, and cherry cola
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Shish-Kabob, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious and lively merlot with great fruit and acidity.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

The Producer
5115 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-227-4000

Their Portfolio

92 Kiara 2015 Private Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
91 Kiara 2016 Private Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Kiara Bella 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
84 Kiara Bella 2016 Moscato, California 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 Le Vigne 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $21.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $19.00.
89 Le Vigne 2015 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
86 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $41.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
89 Le Vigne 2014 Nikiara, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
94 Le Vigne 2014 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
93 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Grenache, Paso Robles 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
95 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Malbec, Paso Robles 14.3% (USA) $37.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $23.00.
85 Le Vigne 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
84 Le Vigne 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 di Acquarello, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
92 Le Vigne 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
87 Le Vigne 2017 Rosé, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
90 Le Vigne 2015 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
82 Le Vigne 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
86 Le Vigne 2015 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $25.00.
88 Le Vigne 2017 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $23.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Di Acquarello, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $37.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $44.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $47.00.
90 Le Vigne 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $26.00.

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.