Full Review

White Horse Winery

White Horse Winery
2016 Reserve, Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$34
Cellar Selection

White Horse Winery
2016 Reserve, Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and berry syrup on buttered pancakes with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of maple roasted nuts and cedar with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious, lively and chewy merlot that is sure to please and will cellar well.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & New World
Aroma Aroma: caramelized nuts and berry syrup on buttered pancakes
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of maple roasted nuts and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, lively and chewy merlot that is sure to please and will cellar well.

The Producer

White Horse Winery

The Producer
106 Hall Street
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-270-1411

Their Portfolio

91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
85 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $37.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Rosé, American 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American 13.6% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Vintner’s Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Merlot, American 13.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2018 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $29.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $19.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $25.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Albarino, Outer Coastal Plain 12.3% (USA) $23.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $29.00.

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.