Full Review

Robert Hall

Robert Hall
2017 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20
Cellar Selection

Robert Hall
2017 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Ruby color. Floral aromas and flavors of jasmine, peanut brittle, and caramel rum raisin cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with overtones of berry pie, caramelized carrots, and peppered nuts with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich warming Merlot with nice length and balance of tasty flavors that will be even better with time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: jasmine, peanut brittle, and caramel rum raisin cake
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of berry pie, caramelized carrots, and peppered nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich warming merlot with nice length and balance of tasty flavors that will be even better with time.

The Producer

Robert Hall Winery

The Producer
3443 Mill Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-239-1616

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.