Full Review

Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and tomatoes, honey cream, toffee, and tomato leaf with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, relaxed plum, ground nuts, leafy earth, and grilled carrot finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A supple, rather elegant red blend with a fruity backbone and an earthy patina.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: spiced cherries and tomatoes, honey cream, toffee, and tomato leaf
Taste Flavor: plum, ground nuts, leafy earth, and grilled carrot
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Souvlaki, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple, rather elegant red blend with a fruity backbone and an earthy patina.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

The Producer
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
USA
1 540-456-8844

Their Portfolio

90 Pollak Vineyards 2011 "Mille Fleurs", Viognier, Monticello 17.5% (USA) $30.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
95 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
81 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
83 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Viognier, Monticello 14% (USA) $26.00.
80 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Rosé, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello 16.5% (USA) $30.00.

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.