Full Review

Ledson

Ledson
2015 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$74

Ledson
2015 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, pencil eraser, cinnamon, blueberry kombucha, coconut oil, and cedar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of ink with barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A chewy, oaky Merlot with lots of toasty charm.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: pencil shavings, pencil eraser, cinnamon, blueberry kombucha, coconut oil, and cedar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of ink
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy, oaky merlot with lots of toasty charm.

The Producer

Ledson Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
PO Box 653
Kenwood, CA 95452
USA
1 707-537-3810

Their Portfolio

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.
88 Ledson 2014 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $94.00.
89 Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $60.00.
88 Ledson 2016 Valerie’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Carneros 14% (USA) $38.00.
91 Ledson 2016 Sangiacomo Vineyards, Chardonnay, Carneros 14% (USA) $52.00.
93 Ledson 2016 Dutton Ranch, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $44.00.
93 Ledson 2017 Grove Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $42.00.
BR Ledson 2015 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Ledson 2015 Estate Old Vine, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
91 Ledson 2017 Ricetti Lane Vineyard Estate, Mourvedre, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
86 Ledson 2015 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $74.00.

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.