Full Review

Narmada Winery

Narmada Winery
2016 Merlot, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

Narmada Winery
2016 Merlot, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Bright dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce, vanilla-nutmeg creme, nutella, buttered berry muffin, and salami with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A tantalizing merlot with a plush, slightly smoky appeal; highly pairable.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: raspberry sauce, vanilla-nutmeg creme, nutella, buttered berry muffin, and salami
Taste Flavor: raspberry sauce, vanilla-nutmeg creme, nutella, buttered berry muffin, and salami
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Brisket, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tantalizing merlot with a plush, slightly smoky appeal; highly pairable.

The Producer

Narmada Winery

The Producer
43 Narmada Ln
Amissville, VA 20106
USA
1 540-937-8215

Their Portfolio

83 Narmada Winery 2011 Reserve, Chardonnay, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $27.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 MOM White Blend, Virginia 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
85 Narmada Winery 2015 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $21.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2016 Viognier, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $27.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2012 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.1% (USA) $38.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2014 Midnight Red , Chambourcin, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $21.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2016 Dream, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $22.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2014 Reflection, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 14.3% (USA) $27.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
84 Narmada Winery 2017 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 14.25% (USA) $22.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Mom White Blend, Virginia 14.27% (USA) $20.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Gulabi Rosé, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery NV Primita Flavored Dessert Wine 13.95% (USA) $25.00.
84 Narmada Winery NV Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine, Virginia 18% (USA) $36.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $30.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2018 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
84 Narmada Winery 2018 Mom White Blend, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $21.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2018 Gulabi Rosé, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia 19.2% (USA) $69.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2018 Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine, Virginia 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Narmada Winery NV Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Malbec, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Narmada Winery 2017 Tannat, Virginia 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $30.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $39.00.

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.