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Diamondback Vineyards

Diamondback Vineyards
2012 Merlot, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$75

Diamondback Vineyards
2012 Merlot, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Bright garnet black color. Fruity aromas of blistered berries, smoked game meats, and dried plum with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length almond skins, charcoal briquettes, suede, and cinnamon sticks finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy Merlot for the cellar with promising berry aromas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: blistered berries, smoked game meats, and dried plum
Taste Flavor: almond skins, charcoal briquettes, suede, and cinnamon sticks
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sturdy Merlot for the cellar with promising berry aromas.

The Producer

Diamondback Vineyards

The Producer
2373 Kamerin Lane
Medford, OR 97501
USA
1 541-500-8287

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.