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Stina’s Cellars

Stina’s Cellars
2014 Merlot, Washington

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Dessert Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.4% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$28

Stina’s Cellars
2014 Merlot, Washington

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Dessert Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.4% RS: <1%
Dull nearly opaque black garnet color. Fruity, savory aromas of raisins and dried figs, peanut curry, cherry vinaigrette, and grilled fruit cake with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sautéed almonds, tiramisu, chocolate mint, and caramel raisin bread pudding finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A voluptuous, almost late-harvest or fortified style of merlot with lot of chewy dried fruit flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Funky, Spicy & Complex & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: raisins and dried figs, peanut curry, cherry vinaigrette, and grilled fruit cake
Taste Flavor: sautéed almonds, tiramisu, chocolate mint, and caramel raisin bread pudding
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Plum Tartlet, Flan, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A voluptuous, almost late-harvest or fortified style of merlot with lot of chewy dried fruit flavors.

The Producer

Stinas Cellars

The Producer
9316 Lakeview Ave SW, Ste B
Lakewood, WA 98499
USA
1 253-227-9748

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.