Full Review

Narmada Winery

Narmada Winery
2017 Merlot, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .41%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

Narmada Winery
2017 Merlot, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .41%
Ruby garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted coffee beans, peanut brittle, chocolate bark, and sweet mascarpone with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of whipped cream, proscuitto, baked plums, and shortbread cookies with moderate oak flavor. A plush and roasty Merlot that’s a decadent treat on its own or creative pairing to pork dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: roasted coffee beans, peanut brittle, chocolate bark, and sweet mascarpone
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of whipped cream, proscuitto, baked plums, and shortbread cookies
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A plush and roasty Merlot that's a decadent treat on its own or creative pairing to pork dishes.

The Producer

Narmada Winery

The Producer
43 Narmada Ln
Amissville, VA 20106
USA
1 540-937-8215

Their Portfolio

89 Narmada Winery 2016 Dream, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $22.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2014 Reflection, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 14.3% (USA) $27.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
BR Narmada Winery 2017 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 14.25% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Mom White Blend, Virginia 14.27% (USA) $20.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Gulabi Rosé, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery NV Primita Flavored Dessert Wine 13.95% (USA) $25.00.
BR Narmada Winery NV Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine 12.75% (USA) $27.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine, Virginia 18% (USA) $36.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $30.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2018 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Narmada Winery 2018 Mom White Blend, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Narmada Winery 2018 Gulabi Rosé, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia 19.2% (USA) $69.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2018 Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine, Virginia 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Narmada Winery NV Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Malbec, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Narmada Winery 2017 Tannat, Virginia 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $30.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $39.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $50.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2017 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $40.00.

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.