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Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 0.10%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Weis Vineyards
2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 0.10%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of tomato-rhubarb chutney, pickled cherries and yams, eucalyptus honey, and country road with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows notes of spiced plums, toffee, and mixed nuts with fine, chewy, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A delightfully sleek and savory merlot with bright acidity that will be great at the table or with hors d’oeuvres.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity Juicy & Smooth New World Oaky Savory
Aroma Aroma: tomato-rhubarb chutney, pickled cherries and yams, eucalyptus honey, and country road
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of spiced plums, toffee, and mixed nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightfully sleek and savory Merlot with bright acidity that will be great at the table or with hors d'oeuvres.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

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

Their Portfolio

91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
96 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Zweigelt, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $23.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2020 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select K, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Pinot Blanc, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Heart Of The Lake, NY81.0315.17 Aravelle, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Perle Rosé, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Weis Vineyards 2020 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Noble Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $109.00.
97 Weis Vineyards NV One Eighty Three Dessert Wine, Finger Lakes 20% (USA) $39.00.

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.