Full Review

Kenwood

Kenwood
2016 Merlot, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16

Kenwood
2016 Merlot, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves, eucalyptus, bread pudding with plums, cracked pepper, and roasted bell pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length finish with impressions of baking spices, black licorice, and coconut with dusty tannins. A dusty, sultry Merlot that’s big on food-friendly spice.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: strawberry preserves, eucalyptus, bread pudding with plums, cracked pepper, and roasted bell pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of baking spices, black licorice, and coconut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dusty, sultry Merlot that's big on food-friendly spice.

The Producer

Kenwood Vineyards

The Producer
250 Park Ave
New York, NY 10177
USA
1 707-833-5891

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.