Full Review

CK Mondavi

CK Mondavi
2018 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7

CK Mondavi
2018 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of swisher sweets, dried cherries, and raspberry tea with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish that shows accents of vanilla soft serve, toasty waffles, and blackberry jam with moderate oak flavor. An oaky Merlot for everyday quaffing.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: swisher sweets, dried cherries, and raspberry tea
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of vanilla soft serve, toasty waffles, and blackberry jam
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky Merlot for everyday quaffing.

The Producer

CK Mondavi & Family

The Producer
572 Gateway Drive
Napa, CA 94558
USA

Their Portfolio

85 CK Mondavi NV White Moscato, California 11% (USA) $7.00.
BR CK Mondavi 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR CK Mondavi NV Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR CK Mondavi 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR CK Mondavi NV White Moscato, California 11% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR CK Mondavi 2017 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR CK Mondavi 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
87 CK Mondavi 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
BR CK Mondavi 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR CK Mondavi 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
85 CK Mondavi 2018 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
BR Ck Mondavi 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Ck Mondavi 2020 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Ck Mondavi 2018 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Ck Mondavi 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
BR Ck Mondavi 2020 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Flat Top Hills 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Flat Top Hills 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Flat Top Hills 2016 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Flat Top Hills 2019 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $14.00.
BR Flat Top Hills 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Flat Top Hills 2020 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $14.00.
87 Flat Top Hills 2018 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR Flat Top Hills 2020 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Flat Top Hills 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR French Blue 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux AOC 12% (France) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
BR French Blue 2019 Rosé, Bordeaux AOC 13% (France) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
BR French Blue 2020 Rosé, Bordeaux Rosé 12.5% (France) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 French Blue 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux AOC 12.5% (France) $14.00.

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.