Full Review

Marlo

Marlo
2012 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$8.99
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Marlo
2012 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .5%
Light color. Exotic, elegant fruity complex aromas of wild raspberry, cherry compote, vanilla, and baking spice with an tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long currant, cherry skin, mocha, and vanilla-spice cake finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Rich and textured with a densely cherry-berry core that beautifully complements the perfectly manicured oak, the intriguing wild raspberry on the nose and the chewy tannins on the finish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth & rich & full
Aroma Aroma: wild raspberry, cherry compote, vanilla, and baking spice
Taste Flavor: currant, cherry skin, mocha, and vanilla-spice cake
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Venison, BBQ Brisket, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Rich and textured with a densely cherry-berry core that beautifully complements the perfectly manicured oak, the intriguing wild raspberry on the nose and the chewy tannins on the finish.

The Producer

Purple Wine & Spirits Co.

The Producer
9119 Graton Rd
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-829-6228

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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.