Full Review

Palmaris

Palmaris
2018 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$23

Palmaris
2018 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8%
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, white chocolate macadamia cookie, and boysenberry jam with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, long finish with accents of plum tart and ground almond with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant and layered Merlot with great table appeal; drinks like a super Tuscan.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively, New World, Non-Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spumoni gelato, white chocolate macadamia cookie, and boysenberry jam
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of plum tart and ground almond
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant and layered Merlot with great table appeal; drinks like a super Tuscan.

The Producer

Tomasello Winery

The Producer
P.O. Box 440
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-561-0567

Their Portfolio

89 Palmaris 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $40.00.
93 Palmaris 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
92 Palmaris 2017 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $28.95.
86 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $30.95.
90 Palmaris 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $28.00.
94 Palmaris 2018 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $23.00.
86 Palmaris 2016 Reserve, Petite Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $30.00.
BR Palmaris 2019 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 11.7% (USA) $23.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Palmaris 2018 Reserve Estate, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
94 Palmaris 2015 Reserve Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Palmaris 2016 Reserve Estate, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $30.00.
85 Tomasello 2018 Aromella, Outer Coastal Plain 11.3% (USA) $15.95.
89 Tomasello 2017 Estate, Blaufrankisch, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $18.95.
88 Tomasello NV White Moscato with Peach Wine, American 6.8% (USA) $13.95.
92 Tomasello 2017 Estate, Syrah, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $18.95.
90 Tomasello 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $18.95.
95 Tomasello NV Blackberry Wine, New Jersey 10.5% (USA) $12.95.
BR Tomasello 2021 Reserve Estate Vintage Port, Outer Coastal Plain 18% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Tomasello NV Blueberry Forté, Atlantic County 18% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Tomasello 2020 Reserve Estate, Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $19.00.
89 Tomasello 2020 Reserve Estate, Syrah, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
88 Tomasello 2021 Rkatsiteli, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $18.00.
89 Tomasello 2020 Epilogue Ice Wine, Riesling, Outer Coastal Plain 10.7% (USA) $35.00.

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.