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Wish Vineyards

Wish Vineyards
2012 Merlot, Malibu Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6% RS: .2%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$47

Wish Vineyards
2012 Merlot, Malibu Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6% RS: .2%
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate dark berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long chocolate mint, alpine herbs and menthol, delicate spiced apple and cherry, and toasty oak finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. An intriguingly inviting and elegant merlot with great balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth & spicy & complex
Aroma Aroma: butter roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate dark berries
Taste Flavor: chocolate mint, alpine herbs and menthol, delicate spiced apple and cherry, and toasty oak
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Coq Au Vin, Beef Daube Provençal, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An intriguingly inviting and elegant merlot with great balance.

The Producer

Wish Vineyards

The Producer
23679 Calabasas Road, Suite 382
Calabasas, CA 91302
USA
1 818-992-7788

Their Portfolio

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.