Full Review

AvinoDos

AvinoDos
2021 Single Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Mountain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32

AvinoDos
2021 Single Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Mountain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of polished leather, blackberry and mulberry, black cherry, and purple flowers with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish revealing notes of raspberry jam, cherry pipe tobacco after a bite of chocolate, blackberry and plum, and black cherry with medium, coating tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely food wine and a pleasing daily drinker with the lush flavor and balanced structure that you expect from a Sonoma Merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: polished leather, blackberry and mulberry, black cherry, and purple flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of raspberry jam, cherry pipe tobacco after a bite of chocolate, blackberry and plum, and black cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely food wine and a pleasing daily drinker with the lush flavor and balanced structure that you expect from a Sonoma Merlot.

The Producer

AvinoDos Wines

The Producer
901 Enterprise Way STE B
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-225-2350

Their Portfolio

BR AvinoDos 2019 Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
88 AvinoDos 2020 Method Champenoise Brut Rose, Pinot Noir, Carneros 12.8% (USA) $38.00.
BR AvinoDos 2019 Riesling, Lake County 13.2% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
96 AvinoDos 2017 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
93 AvinoDos 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $62.00.
92 AvinoDos 2018 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 14.3% (USA) $64.00.
92 AvinoDos 2018 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 14.3% (USA) $64.00.
85 AvinoDos 2019 Merlot, Carneros, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $32.00.
93 AvinoDos 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $95.00.
93 AvinoDos 2018 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
92 AvinoDos 2017 Two Barrel Reserve, Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $52.00.
94 AvinoDos 2018 Founders Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $120.00.
94 AvinoDos 2019 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $52.00.
93 AvinoDos 2019 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $95.00.
92 AvinoDos 2020 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $52.00.
88 AvinoDos 2021 Single Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Mountain 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
91 AvinoDos 2019 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $66.00.
93 AvinoDos 2020 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $64.00.
89 AvinoDos 2021 Single Vineyard Méthode Champenoise Brut Rosé, Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley 12.8% (USA) $38.00.
94 Preferred Stock 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $49.00.
87 Preferred Stock Bottle Package 0% (USA) $49.00.
85 Preferred Stock NV Meritage Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.25% (USA) $49.00.

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.