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Nine Fields

Nine Fields
2017 Merlot, Robertson

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
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Nine Fields
2017 Merlot, Robertson

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of volcanic rock, charred and grilled meats and root vegetables, and wild berries with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish manifesting accents of cranberry relish, pickled beets, and hint of ash with dusty, woody tannins. A fun, smoky merlot that will be great with grilled fare, especially game.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Funky, Oaky, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: volcanic rock, charred and grilled meats and root vegetables, and wild berries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cranberry relish, pickled beets, and hint of ash
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Boar, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun, smoky merlot that will be great with grilled fare, especially game.

The Importer

Vineyard Varieties, Inc

The Importer
600 Newbern Rd
Dublin, VA 24084
USA
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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.