Full Review

City Winery

City Winery
2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Reserve , Merlot, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Certified Organic
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36

City Winery
2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Reserve , Merlot, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of baked berries, melted toffee, exotic woods and incense, and forest floor with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intricate, long finish evoking nuances of dried cherries, honey roasted carrots and beets, and herbs with earthy, soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A polished, Old World styled Merlot with ripe, savory flavors and table friendly acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: baked berries, melted toffee, exotic woods and incense, and forest floor
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of dried cherries, honey roasted carrots and beets, and herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A polished, Old World styled Merlot with ripe, savory flavors and table friendly acidity.

The Producer

City Winery

The Producer
23 Factory St
Montgomery, NY 12549
USA
1 845-424-0222

Their Portfolio

BR City Winery 2020 Pet-Nat UVA Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
BR City Winery 2020 Pet-Nat UVA Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
93 City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise, North Fork Of Long Island 12.2% (USA) $42.00.
93 City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise, North Fork Of Long Island 12.2% (USA) $42.00.
89 City Winery 2020 Montgomery Mills Single Vineyard, UVA Blanca, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 City Winery 2020 Montgomery Mills Single Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
BR City Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 12.2% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
90 City Winery 2017 Signature Series Cuvee Durant, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 13.4% (USA) $55.00.
90 City Winery 2017 Signature Series Cuvee Durant, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 13.4% (USA) $55.00.
87 City Winery 2018 Cuvee Durant Reserve, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
87 City Winery 2020 Au Naturel, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
87 City Winery 2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Solo White, Pinot Blanc, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
90 City Winery 2020 Vin De Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Finger Lakes 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
93 City Winery 2020 Cuveé Scopus Reserve Single Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 City Winery 2019 Signature Series Chards of Glass Cuvee Scopus Single Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.8% (USA) $70.00.
89 City Winery 2019 Signature Series: Cuvee Scopus Single-Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.8% (USA) $70.00.
89 City Winery 2019 Signature Series: Cuvee Scopus Single-Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.8% (USA) $70.00.
91 City Winery 2020 Harmony Drops, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
93 City Winery 2021 Spring St, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 14.7% (USA) $32.00.
89 City Winery 2020 Bacigalupi Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
91 City Winery 2020 Griffin’s Lair Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
90 City Winery 2021 Au Naturel, Pinot Noir, American 13.8% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2021 Harmony Drops, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.6% (USA) $28.00.
92 City Winery 2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Reserve , Merlot, Finger Lakes 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2020 Au Naturel Uva Blanca Vineyard, Syrah, Seneca Lake 13.4% (USA) $32.00.
85 City Winery 2021 Uva Blanca Vineyard Pet-Nat , Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.2% (USA) $29.00.
94 City Winery 2020 Vin De Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13.2% (USA) $28.00.

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.