Full Review

White Pine

White Pine
2016 Reserve, Merlot, Michigan

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25.99

White Pine
2016 Reserve, Merlot, Michigan

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry, toffee, and mossy earth with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium nut, lemon zest, cranberry, and tomato skin finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bright and zesty merlot that will stimulate the palate.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Quaffable & New World
Aroma Aroma: sour cherry, toffee, and mossy earth
Taste Flavor: nut, lemon zest, cranberry, and tomato skin
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright and zesty merlot that will stimulate the palate.

The Producer

White Pine Winery

The Producer
317 State St
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
USA
1 269-281-0098

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.