Full Review

Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2018 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$23
Cellar Selection

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2018 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted strawberries, caramel-chocolate gelato, pie crusts, coconut, and berry tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish with nuances of tart plum and raspberry sorbet with moderate oak flavor. A vivacious and distinctive Merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: roasted strawberries, caramel-chocolate gelato, pie crusts, coconut, and berry tea
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of tart plum and raspberry sorbet
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vivacious and distinctive Merlot with notes of roasted strawberry and tart raspberry sorbet.

The Producer

Alexander Valley Vineyards

The Producer
8644 Hwy 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-280-8021

Their Portfolio

90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate, Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $34.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $20.00.
89 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $20.00.
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $34.00.
88 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Temptation, Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $16.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese, Sonoma County 13% (USA) $16.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Syrah, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $24.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Homestead Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $23.00.
86 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Sin Zin, Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $25.00.
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $23.00.
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Cyrus, Red Meritage, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $34.00.
BR Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Alexander School Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $50.00.
85 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2020 Dry Rosé, Sangiovese, Sonoma County 13% (USA) $18.00.
88 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2020 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
93 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Cyrus Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.

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.