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Spangler

Spangler
2016 Merlot, Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$28
Cellar Selection

Spangler
2016 Merlot, Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled raspberry, beets, spiced plum pastry, and honey with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length finish with suggestions of dill and tapioca custard with moderate oak flavor. A food friendly, silky Merlot that doesn’t skimp on fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: pickled raspberry, beets, spiced plum pastry, and honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of dill and tapioca custard
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A food friendly, silky Merlot that doesn't skimp on fruit.

The Producer

Spangler Vineyards

The Producer
491 Winery Ln
Roseburg, OR 97471
USA
1 541-679-9654

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.