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Lobo

Lobo
2019 Wulff Vineyards, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$70
Cellar Selection

Lobo
2019 Wulff Vineyards, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of firm raspberries, black cherry, milk chocolate with roasted almonds, and cerignola olives with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, thought-provoking, very long finish that exhibits accents of roasted cacao nibs, fine herbs and spices, leather, and cured meats with moderate oak flavor. While a bit tightly wound and shy at this moment, this Merlot displays enormous potential. With aeration or cellar time, this wine will develop into a powerful, velvety centerpiece for a great meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: firm raspberries, black cherry, milk chocolate with roasted almonds, and cerignola olives
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of roasted cacao nibs, fine herbs and spices, leather, and cured meats
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: While a bit tightly wound and shy at this moment, this Merlot displays enormous potential. With aeration or cellar time, this wine will develop into a powerful, velvety centerpiece for a great meal.

The Producer

Lobo Wines, LLC

The Producer
2275 Soda Canyon Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-224-8322

Their Portfolio

86 Lobo 2016 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lobo 2016 Howl Wulff Vineyards Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lobo 2018 Single Vineyard Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $60.00.
92 Lobo 2017 Wulff Vineyards "Howl", Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $70.00.
93 Lobo 2017 Estate Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
92 Lobo 2018 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lobo 2018 Estate Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $75.00.
92 Lobo 2017 Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $50.00.
93 Lobo 2019 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
89 Lobo 2018 Howl Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
94 Lobo 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $95.00.
91 Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $80.00.
93 Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $70.00.
93 Lobo 2020 Wulff Vineyard, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.
90 Lobo 2018 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
BR Lobo 2021 Wulff Vineyard Rosé, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Lobo 2019 Howl Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.

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.