Full Review

Verada

Verada
2018 Merlot, Tri-County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Sustainable Farming
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16

Verada
2018 Merlot, Tri-County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas of fresh bell pepper, blackberry jam, watermelon, and licorice with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length praline, ganache, and mushrooms finish with no oak flavor. A rich and gulpable Merlot for the weeknight table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: fresh bell pepper, blackberry jam, watermelon, and licorice
Taste Flavor: praline, ganache, and mushrooms
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and gulpable Merlot for the weeknight table.

The Producer

Plata Wine Partners

The Producer
855 Bordeaux Way, Suite 100
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-261-8740

Their Portfolio

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90 Cotillion 2018 Pinot Noir, Tri-County 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
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85 Crossways Winery 2020 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
86 Dark Cherrycream 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey 13.8% (USA) $13.00.
90 Dog Ear 2018 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Kreme De Cuvee 2019 Brut, California 11.5% (USA) $14.00.
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BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Sea Wave Wines 2020 Low-Alcohol Rose, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
87 Sea Wave Wines 2019 Low-Alcohol, Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
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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.