Full Review

Sand Point

Sand Point
2016 Merlot, Clarksburg

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .078%
Lodi Rules Certified
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10.99

Sand Point
2016 Merlot, Clarksburg

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .078%
Dark ruby garnet color. Smoky, spicy aromas of baked blackberry, darkly browned pie crusts, walnut brittle, cinnamon sticks, and geranium with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long leather, demi glace pan sauce, blistered raspberry, tobacco, and super dark chocolate finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A velvety, craveable merlot with a killer finish and gobs of attractive oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baked blackberry, darkly browned pie crusts, walnut brittle, cinnamon sticks, and geranium
Taste Flavor: leather, demi glace pan sauce, blistered raspberry, tobacco, and super dark chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Daube Provençal, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A velvety, craveable merlot with a killer finish and gobs of attractive oak.

The Producer

LCF Wines

The Producer
1525 East Jahant Road
Acampo, CA 95220
USA
1 209-334-9782

Their Portfolio

89 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Prince Vineyard, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg 12% (USA) $15.00.
90 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, White Moscato, Clarksburg 12% (USA) $15.00.
92 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14.8% (USA) $15.00.
87 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown Rosé, Sangiovese, Lodi 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
85 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 13% (USA) $15.00.
86 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown, Moscato, Clarksburg 11.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
91 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 15.5% (USA) $15.00.
87 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Prince Vineyard, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg 12% (USA) $22.00.
92 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2014 Centennial Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Lodi 16% (USA) $60.00.
85 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Clarksburg 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
84 LangeTwins Winery 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.4% (USA) $16.00.
86 LangeTwins Winery 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Clarksburg 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
86 LangeTwins Winery 2016 Estate Grown, Moscato, Clarksburg 11% (USA) $15.00.
86 LangeTwins Winery 2011 Centennial Lewis Vineyard, Zinfandel, Lodi 15.6% (USA) $60.00.
92 LangeTwins Winery 2014 Old Vine , Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $15.00.
88 LangeTwins Winery 2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Clarksburg 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
90 LangeTwins Winery 2013 The Eighty Vineyard Single Barrel , Teroldego, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
92 LangeTwins Winery 2013 Miller Vineyard Single Barrel, Cabernet Franc, Clarksburg 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
85 Sand Point 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.3% (USA) $12.00.
89 Sand Point 2015 Pinot Noir, California 14.2% (USA) $12.00.
90 Sand Point 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $.00.
85 Sand Point 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 12.5% (USA) $.00.
88 Sand Point 2015 Merlot, Clarksburg 13.9% (USA) $.00.
84 Sand Point 2015 Chardonnay, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $12.00.
90 Sand Point 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 12.5% (USA) $12.00.
85 Sand Point 2016 Chardonnay, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
86 Sand Point 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.7% (USA) $12.00.
87 Sand Point 2016 Merlot, Clarksburg 14% (USA) $10.99.
91 Sand Point Family Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14% (USA) $12.00.
85 Sand Point Family Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
87 Sand Point Family Vineyards 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 13% (USA) $12.00.
86 Sand Point Family Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14% (USA) $12.00.

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.