Full Review

Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$50

Pollak Vineyards
2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of spiced apple butter, cranberry scone, allspice, vanilla bean, and rum cake with a velvety, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length ripe plum, sweet tobacco, green pepper, and espresso finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward merlot that hits toasty, oaky notes with grace.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced apple butter, cranberry scone, allspice, vanilla bean, and rum cake
Taste Flavor: ripe plum, sweet tobacco, green pepper, and espresso
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Brisket, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward merlot that hits toasty, oaky notes with grace.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

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

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.