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Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2018 Merlot, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27

Weis Vineyards
2018 Merlot, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Dusty garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cassis, black raspberry, honey, caramelized mushrooms, pine, and hints of anise with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish with nuances of toasted crumpet and lime curd with a suggestion of oak flavor. A somewhat herbaceous Merlot with delicate fruit and big food-friendly acidity; pair with lamb meatballs.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cassis, black raspberry, honey, caramelized mushrooms, pine, and hints of anise
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of toasted crumpet and lime curd
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A somewhat herbaceous Merlot with delicate fruit and big food-friendly acidity; pair with lamb meatballs.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

The Producer
10014 Day Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840
USA
1 607-284-4011

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.