Full Review

Twisted

Twisted
NV Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .44%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$7.99

Twisted
NV Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .44%
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark rye toast, dried berries, and toasted spices with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk finish that presents accents of plum skin, c=sour cherry, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A tidy merlot sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: dark rye toast, dried berries, and toasted spices
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of plum skin, c=sour cherry, and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tidy merlot sipper.

The Producer

DFV Wines

The Producer
455 Devlin Road, Suite 201
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-265-1715

Their Portfolio

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92 Bota Box 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $22.99.
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86 Bota Box NV RedVolution, California 13.5% (USA) $22.99.
89 Bota Box 2015 Nighthawk Black, California 13.5% (USA) $22.99.
90 Bota Box 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $22.99.
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86 Twisted 2015 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $7.99.
86 Twisted 2014 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 13.5% (USA) $7.99.

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.