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Oak Farm Vineyards

Oak Farm Vineyards
2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Lodi Rules Certified
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35

Oak Farm Vineyards
2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Meaty aromas and flavors of chocolate, hibiscus, pomegranate, smoked meats, cumin, and cardamom with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long finish manifesting notes of vanilla latte and creme caramel with heavy oak flavor. A velvety, toasty Merlot that offers a stylish, palate-assuaging wine with silky oak and lipsmacking fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: chocolate, hibiscus, pomegranate, smoked meats, cumin, and cardamom
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of vanilla latte and creme caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A velvety, toasty Merlot that offers a stylish, palate-assuaging wine with silky oak and lipsmacking fruit.

The Producer

Oak Farm Vineyards

The Producer
23627 N. DeVries Rd.
Lodi, CA 95242
USA
1 209-365-6565

Their Portfolio

89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
93 Oak Farm Vineyards 2015 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
90 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Tievoli Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Lodi 14% (USA) $24.00.
90 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Grenache, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Mohr-Fry Ranches, Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 13% (USA) $20.00.
86 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Salman Farms Off-Dry, Gewurztraminer, Clarksburg 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Shinn Farms Rose, Lodi 12.79% (USA) $24.00.
94 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
84 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Lodi 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Lodi 14% (USA) $24.00.
87 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Sangiovese, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Tievoli Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
90 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Barbera, Lodi 15% (USA) $25.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Albarino, Lodi 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Petit Verdot, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
92 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Lodi 15.5% (USA) $35.00.
93 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Genevieve, Lodi 15.2% (USA) $40.00.
87 Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 15% (USA) $35.00.
93 Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Malbec, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 13% (USA) $17.00.

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.