Full Review

Tomasello

Tomasello
2015 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.95

Tomasello
2015 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby black color. Savory aromas of fig jam, quince paste, smoked meats, and cherry mostarda with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, nuanced, medium-long paprika, chocolate dipped berries, toasty sandalwood, and vanilla finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, nuanced Merlot with savory spice and intriguing fruit; old-world flair abounds in this East coast charmer.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: fig jam, quince paste, smoked meats, and cherry mostarda
Taste Flavor: paprika, chocolate dipped berries, toasty sandalwood, and vanilla
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs With Mushrooms, Veal Calvados, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegant, nuanced Merlot with savory spice and intriguing fruit; old-world flair abounds in this East coast charmer.

The Producer

Tomasello Winery

The Producer
P.O. Box 440
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-561-0567

Their Portfolio

92 Palmaris 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $40.00.
84 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $25.00.
86 Palmaris 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $40.00.
84 Palmaris 2015 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Outer Coastal Plain 12.65% (USA) $25.00.
87 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $30.95.
88 Tomasello 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $29.95.
92 Tomasello 2013 Estate, Blaufrankisch, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.95.
87 Tomasello 2014 Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $18.95.
86 Tomasello 2015 Rkatsiteli, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $15.95.
91 Tomasello 2015 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $30.00.
84 Tomasello 2015 Palmaris Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
87 Tomasello 2013 Palmaris Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $40.00.
93 Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Reserve, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $30.95.
90 Tomasello 2015 Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $18.95.
93 Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Wine 11% (USA) $12.95.
89 Tomasello NV Cherry Wine 9% (USA) $12.95.
91 Tomasello NV Blueberry Wine 11% (USA) $12.95.
94 Tomasello NV Cranberry Wine 9% (USA) $12.95.
88 Tomasello NV Pomegranate Wine 10% (USA) $12.95.
86 Tomasello NV Blueberry Forte 18% (USA) $12.95.
92 Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
90 Tomasello NV Cherry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
88 Tomasello NV Blueberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
92 Tomasello NV Cranberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
88 Tomasello 2015 Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Atlantic County 13.7% (USA) $28.00.
88 Tomasello NV Blackberry Moscato, New Jersey 6.5% (USA) $13.95.

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.