Full Review

Ledson

Ledson
2014 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7% RS: .39%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$68
Cellar Selection

Ledson
2014 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7% RS: .39%
Black garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, leather satchel, blistered blueberries, and tarragon with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long licorice and baking spice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A neat and tidy merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered espresso bean, leather satchel, blistered blueberries, and tarragon
Taste Flavor: licorice and baking spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Cornish Hen, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A neat and tidy merlot.

The Producer

Ledson Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
PO Box 653
Kenwood, CA 95452
USA
1 707-537-3823

Their Portfolio

92 Ledson 2013 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $38.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $48.00.
84 Ledson 2012 Sangiovese, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 Ledson 2012 "Ciapusci Ancient Vine", Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $68.00.
88 Ledson 2012 Zinfandel, Mendocino Ridge 14.5% (USA) $58.00.
92 Ledson 2011 "Estate Old Vine", Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $44.00.
87 Ledson 2012 "Estate Vinyard", Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.0% (USA) $48.00.
94 Ledson 2014 "Estate Vineyard", Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.0% (USA) $60.00.
95 Ledson 2014 Reserve " Estate Vineyard", Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.0% (USA) $66.00.
85 Ledson 2012 Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
90 Ledson 2012 "Century Vine", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.00.
92 Ledson 2013 "Mes Trois Amours", Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
86 Ledson 2012 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
92 Ledson 2012 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Sangiovese, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
92 Ledson 2012 "Amy’s Vineyard", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.00.
90 Ledson 2013 "Old Vine", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $44.00.
94 Ledson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 15.3% (USA) $70.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Ledson 2013 "Gunsight", California 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Ledson 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
86 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Estate Old Vine, Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
92 Ledson 2013 Tiamo Red Blend, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $86.00.
94 Ledson 2013 Cepage Red Blend, Sonoma Valley 15.3% (USA) $86.00.
84 Ledson 2016 Pinot Rosé, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
92 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
91 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
87 Ledson 2014 Sweet Ida May Late Harvest, Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 18% (USA) $50.00.
91 Ledson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 14.5% (USA) $100.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $90.00.
86 Ledson 2014 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $56.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Moon Mountain Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma County 14.7% (USA) $72.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley 14.7% (USA) $68.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Bellisimo Red Blend, Sonoma Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
87 Ledson 2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $52.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Ricetti Lane Old Vine, Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Century Vine Reserve, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $68.00.
93 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $90.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Ti Amo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
90 Ledson 2015 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
92 Ledson 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Mes Trois Amours, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
93 Ledson 2014 Cepage, Sonoma Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
90 Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $66.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain 14.5% (USA) $56.00.
93 Ledson 2015 Baldocchi Old Vine, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
87 Ledson 2016 Ricetti Lane, Grenache, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.

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.