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Pend d’Oreille

Pend d’Oreille
2016 Merlot, Washington

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
Sustainability in Practice Certified
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$18

Pend d’Oreille
2016 Merlot, Washington

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of bagged washington cherries, sundried tomato, stuffed peppers, and mossy earth with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, buoyant finish with accents of cherry pit, nutshell, and pepper dust with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A meaty, earthy red for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: bagged Washington cherries, sundried tomato, stuffed peppers, and mossy earth
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cherry pit, nutshell, and pepper dust
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Buffalo Burgers, BBQ Brisket, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A meaty, earthy red for the table.

The Producer

Pend d'Oreille Winery

The Producer
301 Cedar Street Suite 101
Sandpoint, ID 83864
USA
1 208-265-8545

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.