Full Review

Wildhaven

Wildhaven
2014 Reserve, Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19.99

Wildhaven
2014 Reserve, Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty, oaky aromas of blackberries, plums, planked oak, and pressed flowers - baked parchment with a chewy, tangy, full body and a peppery, interesting, fast finish with earthy, papery tannins and moderate oak. Some very nice scents, not enough fruit flavors to balance the tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: blackberries, plums, planked oak, and pressed flowers - baked parchment
Taste Flavor: peppery, interesting, fast
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Skirt Steak, Roast Beef Sandwich, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Some very nice scents, not enough fruit flavors to balance the tannins.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

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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.