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Reynolds Family Winery

Reynolds Family Winery
2013 Merlot, Stags Leap District

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48
2017 Top 6 Best Merlot

Reynolds Family Winery
2013 Merlot, Stags Leap District

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries and pickled cucumbers with a bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of orange chiffon, honeyed plums and nuts, and cedar with chewy, dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous Napa Merlot that is sure to please.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries and pickled cucumbers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of orange chiffon, honeyed plums and nuts, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Steak Florentine, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sumptuous Napa Merlot that is sure to please.

The Producer

Reynolds Family Winery

The Producer
3266 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-258-2558

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.