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Carmenet

Carmenet
2020 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Organically Grown Grapes
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16
Best Buy

Carmenet
2020 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of peppermint bark candy, berry pie, and chocolate toffee with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish displaying shades of spiced nuts with crunchy, chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A super solid everyday sipper for burgers and the like.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, New World & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: peppermint bark candy, berry pie, and chocolate toffee
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A super solid everyday sipper for burgers and the like.

The Producer

Bronco Wine Company

The Producer
33 Harlow Court
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-346-6025

Their Portfolio

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85 Allure Infusions NV Strawberry Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $15.00.
85 Amusant NV Bubbly Pink, Moscato, California 10% (USA) $14.00.
90 Bivio Italia NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rose, Prosecco di Treviso DOC 11.5% (Italy) $20.00.
BR Blanc De Bleu NV Cuvee Moussex Sec, California 11% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Camp Crush NV Red Wine, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Camp Crush NV Pink Wine, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Camp Crush NV White Wine, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Carmenet 2017 Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
BR Carmenet 2020 Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Carmenet 2017 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
89 Carmenet 2020 Merlot, California 12.5% (USA) $16.00.
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87 De La Costa NV Red Sangria, Red Blend Zinfandel and Merlot, California 11.5% (USA) $6.00.
BR De La Costa NV White Sangria, California 11% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
BR De La Costa NV Rose Sangria, California 11% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
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88 La Catrina NV Strawberry Margarita Wine Cocktail 13.9% (USA) $15.99.
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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.