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Woodvale Estates

Woodvale Estates
2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Woodvale Estates
2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry popsicles, honey-roasted pine nuts, raspberry liqueur, and capers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish manifesting nuances of strawberry, coconut, chocolate, and roasted hazelnut with light oak flavor. A lighter-bodied yet boldly fruit Merlot with instantly appealing fruity aromas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: berry popsicles, honey-roasted pine nuts, raspberry liqueur, and capers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of strawberry, coconut, chocolate, and roasted hazelnut
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lighter-bodied yet boldly fruit Merlot with instantly appealing fruity aromas.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

Their Portfolio

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85 Woodvale Estates 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $18.00.

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.