Full Review

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards
2021 Russell, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Arrington Vineyards
2021 Russell, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .1%
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, chocolate fudge, blackberry, and vanilla on baked black cherries with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of plum, cherry pipe tobacco and leather, vanilla, and blackberry with well-integrated, medium, coating tannins and light oak flavor. A lush, full bodied Merlot that sings with saucy fruit and integrated tannins; the presence of oak adds gravitas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: black plum, chocolate fudge, blackberry, and vanilla on baked black cherries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of plum, cherry pipe tobacco and leather, vanilla, and blackberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lush, full bodied Merlot that sings with saucy fruit and integrated tannins; the presence of oak adds gravitas.

The Producer

Arrington Vineyards

The Producer
6211 Patton Rd
Arrington, TN 37014
USA
1 615-395-0102

Their Portfolio

88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay, Tennessee 14% (USA) $26.00.
87 Arrington Vineyards 2018 Petite Sirah, American 14.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tennessee 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Russell Family Select, Merlot, Tennessee 14% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Kinzley Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Tennessee 13% (USA) $22.00.
87 Arrington Vineyards NV Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 14% (USA) $25.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Stag’s White Blend, American 13% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Antebellum Tennessee Whiskey Barrel-Aged White Blend, Tennessee 14.5% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Arrington Vineyards NV Celebration Blanc Sparkling Wine, Washington 13% (USA) $36.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards NV Celebration Sparkling Rosé , Washington 13% (USA) $36.00.
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Sparkle Blanc, Tennessee 13.5% (USA) $45.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Sparkle The Rosé, Tennessee 13.5% (USA) $45.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2020 KB 14*20 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain 15% (USA) $58.00.
91 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Russell, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2022 Kinzley Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley 13% (USA) $24.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14% (USA) $32.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $27.00.
91 Arrington Vineyards 2022 Chardonnay, Washington 13% (USA) $27.00.

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.