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Le Vigne

Le Vigne
2015 di Acquarello, Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: .04%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39

Le Vigne
2015 di Acquarello, Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: .04%
Dark dusty dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated beets with dill with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, buoyant finish with notes of blackberry, raspberry leaf, and black licorice with chewy, leafy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A savory and sturdy merlot for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: marinated beets with dill
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of blackberry, raspberry leaf, and black licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Goat, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory and sturdy merlot for the table.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

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

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.