Full Review

Williamsburg Winery

Williamsburg Winery
2015 Reserve, Merlot, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .3%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Williamsburg Winery
2015 Reserve, Merlot, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .3%
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, fresh cut grass, and vanilla muffin batter with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy finish that exhibits elements of carob with gritty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An herbal Merlot with zingy acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dried cranberry, fresh cut grass, and vanilla muffin batter
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of carob
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An herbal Merlot with zingy acidity.

The Producer

The Williamsburg Winery

The Producer
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, VA 23185
USA
1 757-258-0899

Their Portfolio

89 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Wessex Hundred, Viognier, Virginia 12.7% (USA) $24.00.
82 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Vintage Reserve, Chardonnay, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Petite Fleur, Virginia 10.5% (USA) $28.00.
87 Williamsburg Winery 2014 Four Barrel Cuvee, Virginia 11.4% (USA) $49.00.
85 Williamsburg Winery 2014 Gabriel Archer Reserve, Virginia 11.6% (USA) $42.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2014 Adagio, Virginia 11.2% (USA) $72.00.
86 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Governor’s White, Riesling, American 12% (USA) $9.50.
90 Williamsburg Winery 2015 A Midsummer Night’s White, Virginia 12.2% (USA) $14.00.
89 Williamsburg Winery 2016 A Midsummer Night’s White, Virginia 12.7% (USA) $14.00.
87 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Virginia 12% (USA) $19.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Barrel Aged Claret, Virginia 12% (USA) $19.00.
84 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Dry Rosé, Virginia 12% (USA) $16.00.
85 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Petite Fleur Limited Release, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Limited Release, Petit Manseng, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Adagio, Virginia 13% (USA) $75.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release, Tannat, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $60.00.
86 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $49.00.
87 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Gabriel Archer Reserve Red, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $42.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 12.3% (USA) $40.00.
84 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Wessex Hundred, Viognier, Virginia 12.4% (USA) $28.00.
85 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve, Merlot, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release, Norton, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $39.00.
83 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Wessex Hundred, Petit Verdot, Virginia 13% (USA) $32.00.

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.