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Peachy Canyon

Peachy Canyon
2014 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

Peachy Canyon
2014 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced dried berries and raisins and hint of wax and clay with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish revealing accents of sour cherry, plum skin, and smoked nuts with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A flavorful, almost Amarone-like merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Savory & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced dried berries and raisins and hint of wax and clay
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of sour cherry, plum skin, and smoked nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Grilled Duck Breast With Cherry Reduction, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A flavorful, almost Amarone-like merlot.

The Producer

Peachy Canyon Winery

The Producer
2025 Nacimiento Lake Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-239-1918

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.