Full Review

Cape May

Cape May
2016 Merlot, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$21

Cape May
2016 Merlot, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6% RS: <1%
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of red cassis, palm oil, banana cake, marinated strawberries, and potted geranium with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium body and a silky, easy tart cassis, straw, and chocolate licorice finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A zingy merlot for rich meals.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: red cassis, palm oil, banana cake, marinated strawberries, and potted geranium
Taste Flavor: tart cassis, straw, and chocolate licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zingy merlot for rich meals.

The Producer

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
711 Townbank Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204
USA
1 609-884-1169

Their Portfolio

85 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
85 Cape May 2016 Chardonnay, American 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
87 Cape May 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $23.00.
89 Cape May 2017 Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $20.00.
87 Cape May 2017 White , New Jersey 13.1% (USA) $15.00.
85 Cape May 2017 Rosé, New Jersey 12.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Merlot, New Jersey 12.6% (USA) $21.00.
89 Cape May 2016 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 13% (USA) $19.00.
89 Cape May NV Red Blend, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $18.00.
BR Cape May 2019 Vidal Blanc, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cape May 2019 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Cape May Penninsula 11.8% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Cape May 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $20.00.
91 Cape May 2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Cape May 2017 Pinot Noir, Cape May Penninsula 13.3% (USA) $22.00.
BR Isaac Smith NV White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Isaac Smith NV Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
87 Isaac Smith 2014 White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $45.00.
89 Isaac Smith 2011 Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $52.00.
BR Isaac Smith 2019 White Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
88 Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $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.