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Flora & Stone

Flora & Stone
2021 Merlot, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$6.99
Best Buy

Flora & Stone
2021 Merlot, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked strawberry, red cherry and red plum, cedar, and dried herbs with a round, lively, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length finish revealing notes of red berries, plum, and cherry, leather, cedar and baking spice, and cocoa nibs with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A big and earthy Merlot that would hold up to a hearty meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baked strawberry, red cherry and red plum, cedar, and dried herbs
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of red berries, plum, and cherry, leather, cedar and baking spice, and cocoa nibs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stew, Blackened Steak, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big and earthy Merlot that would hold up to a hearty meal.

The Retailer

Aldi Inc.

The Retailer
1200 North Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510
USA
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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.