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VINI
2015 Merlot, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 13% RS: .402%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.99

VINI
2015 Merlot, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 13% RS: .402%
Bright opaque dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty, rubbery, earthy aromas and flavors of blackberries, pencil erasers, plums - fruit cake, and mocha - turned earth with a chewy, tart, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, carefree finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lots of robust rustic notes mitigated in part by the reductive notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: blackberries, pencil erasers, plums - fruit cake, and mocha - turned earth
Taste Flavor: Fruity, toasty, rubbery, earthy
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Dried Fruit Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Lots of robust rustic notes mitigated in part by the reductive notes.

The Producer or Importer

Bulgarian Master Vintners

The Producer or  Importer
1260-B Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-939-8719

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.