Full Review

Sand Point Family Vineyards

Sand Point Family Vineyards
2017 Merlot, Clarksburg

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Certified Sustainable
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12

Sand Point Family Vineyards
2017 Merlot, Clarksburg

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Dusty ruby-garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of charred oak, cedar chips, blueberry hand pie, and tobacco with a coarse, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish that shows impressions of ground almonds with clunky tannins. A very oaky Merlot for weeknight beef.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: charred oak, cedar chips, blueberry hand pie, and tobacco
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of ground almonds
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very oaky Merlot for weeknight beef.

The Producer

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

The Producer
1525 E Jahant Rd
Acampo, CA 95220
USA
1 209-334-9780

Their Portfolio

90 Caricature 2015 Red Blend, California 14.6% (USA) $15.00.
91 Caricature 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg 14.3% (USA) $15.00.
95 Caricature 2015 Estate Grown Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14.9% (USA) $15.00.
87 Caricature 2017 Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
85 Caricature 2017 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 15.5% (USA) $15.00.
BR Caricature 2018 Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Caricature 2018 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $15.00.
90 Ivory & Burt 2016 Chardonnay, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
94 Ivory & Burt 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 14.9% (USA) $15.00.
89 Ivory & Burt 2017 Chardonnay, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
86 Ivory & Burt 2017 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 15% (USA) $15.00.
93 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2016 Miller Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Clarksburg 15% (USA) $32.00.
86 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 One Hundred Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Jahant, Lodi 15% (USA) $32.00.
BR LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2019 Estate Rosé, Sangiovese, Lodi 12% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2019 Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
85 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2019 Estate, White Moscato, Clarksburg 12% (USA) $15.00.
85 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $20.00.
87 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14% (USA) $15.00.
91 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Diablo Single Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Clarksburg 15% (USA) $32.00.
BR LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 Railroad Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14% (USA) $32.00. - Bronze Medal
87 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 Thirty Eight Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.2% (USA) $32.00.
91 LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Redtail Single Vineyard, Nero d’Avola, Jahant 14% (USA) $32.00.
BR LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2019 River Ranch Rosé, Aglianico, Lodi 13% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
BR LangeTwins Family Winery And Vineyards 2017 Midnight Reserve, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $40.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sand Point Family Vineyards 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sand Point Family Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sand Point Family Vineyards 2017 Merlot, Clarksburg 14% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Sand Point Family Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
86 Sand Point Family Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay, California 14% (USA) $12.00.

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.