Full Review

Pizzolato

Pizzolato
2014 Organic, Merlot, Venezia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12% RS: .04%
Certified Organic-Organically Grown Grapes
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99
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Pizzolato
2014 Organic, Merlot, Venezia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12% RS: .04%
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, floral toasty aromas of chocolate berries and pencil shavings with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, medium-long reduced lemon and orange, nutskin, earthy cranberries and cherries, and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A zesty, well balanced, table friendly merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp, lively, savory & oaky
Aroma Aroma: chocolate berries and pencil shavings
Taste Flavor: reduced lemon and orange, nutskin, earthy cranberries and cherries, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib Sandwich, Gnocchi Bolognese, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zesty, well balanced, table friendly merlot.

The Importer

Natural Merchants, Inc.

The Importer
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Grants Pass, OR 97526
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.