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VINI

VINI
2016 Merlot, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 13% RS: .3%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
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VINI
2016 Merlot, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 13% RS: .3%
Dark black violet color. Attractive aromas of bramble, stewed black currants, dark plum, leather, and rosemary with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cocoa nibs and marinated strawberry finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy drinking merlot with a vibrant, brambly nose.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: bramble, stewed black currants, dark plum, leather, and rosemary
Taste Flavor: cocoa nibs and marinated strawberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Pork With Grilled Peaches, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy drinking merlot with a vibrant, brambly nose.

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.