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Ospreys Dominion Vineyards

Ospreys Dominion Vineyards
2013 Reserve, Merlot, North Fork of Long Island

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30
Cellar Selection

Ospreys Dominion Vineyards
2013 Reserve, Merlot, North Fork of Long Island

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, black cherry, vanilla, teak wood, plum tart, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish that exhibits nuances of licorice with crunchy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very Bordelais Merlot that is sure to please.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: leather, black cherry, vanilla, teak wood, plum tart, and cardamom
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very Bordelais Merlot that is sure to please.

The Producer

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

The Producer
44075 Main Rd
Peconic, NY 11958
USA
1 631-765-6188

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.