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Wine Spots

Wine Spots
2017 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

Wine Spots
2017 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry in cream, cedar, smoked vanilla bean, toast, and cocoa powder with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, carefree finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, toasty Merlot pleaser with a smoky underbelly.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: blackberry in cream, cedar, smoked vanilla bean, toast, and cocoa powder
Taste Flavor: blackberry in cream, cedar, smoked vanilla bean, toast, and cocoa powder
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Kabobs, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, toasty Merlot pleaser with a smoky underbelly.

The Producer or Importer

Wine Spots Cellars

The Producer or  Importer
1592 Union Street #302
San Francisco, CA 94123
USA
1 415-546-2204

Their Portfolio

83 Brass Tacks 2013 Merlot, Central Coast 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
84 Brass Tacks 2016 Pink Moscato, California 10% (USA) $15.00.
84 Brass Tacks 2016 Moscato, California 10% (USA) $15.00.
84 Brass Tacks 2017 Pink , Moscato, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
86 Brass Tacks 2017 Moscato, California 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
88 Brass Tacks 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
84 Brass Tacks 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
84 Brass Tacks 2018 Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Brass Tacks 2018 Moscato, California 10% (USA) $15.00.
88 Brass Tacks 2018 Pink Moscato, California 10% (USA) $15.00.
90 Wine Spots 2013 Cuvee 38 Red Wine, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Wine Spots 2016 Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
89 Wine Spots 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
93 Wine Spots 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.00.
93 Wine Spots 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.00.
88 Wine Spots 2014 Cuvée 38 Red Wine, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.00.
88 Wine Spots 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.5% (USA) $29.00.
87 Wine Spots 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
91 Wine Spots 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
87 Wine Spots 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
86 Wine Spots 2018 Bordeaux AOC 13.5% (France) $19.00.
87 Zinfandelic 2016 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills 14.5% (USA) $19.00.
89 Zinfandelic 2016 Zinfandel, Mendocino 15% (USA) $19.00.
88 Zinfandelic 2017 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills 15.5% (USA) $19.99.
89 Zinfandelic 2018 Zinfandel, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $12.00.

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.