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Martellotto

Martellotto
2014 La Gioia, Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .2%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

Martellotto
2014 La Gioia, Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .2%
Dusty garnet color. Bright, baked, fruity aromas of cherry compote, beet relish, and olive tapenade with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length candied roasted yams, black raspberry pie, spice, and cedar finish with fine, crunchy, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A fruity, savory and spicy merlot that will be a nice table companion.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth & savory
Aroma Aroma: cherry compote, beet relish, and olive tapenade
Taste Flavor: candied roasted yams, black raspberry pie, spice, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Teriyaki, Lamb Tagine, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity, savory and spicy merlot that will be a nice table companion.

The Producer

Martellotto Wine Productions

The Producer
100 Los Padres Way #7
Buellton, CA 93427
USA

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.