Full Review

Peirano

Peirano
2016 Estate, The Heritage Collection, "Six Clones", Merlot, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99

Peirano
2016 Estate, The Heritage Collection, "Six Clones", Merlot, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, blackened focaccia, red licorice, and cedar with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of ligonberry jam and menthol with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, earthy merlot with pops of jammy fruit; will fit in well at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: black raspberry, blackened focaccia, red licorice, and cedar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of ligonberry jam and menthol
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy, earthy merlot with pops of jammy fruit; will fit in well at the table.

The Producer

Peirano Estate Vineyards

The Producer
21831 N Hwy 99
Acampo, CA 95220
USA
1 209-367-1305

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.