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Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars
2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Organically Grown Grapes
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$34

Yorkville Cellars
2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, sage, black tea, and roasted pine nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A breezy, table-ready Merlot with ripe fruit aromas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: blackberry, sage, black tea, and roasted pine nuts
Taste Flavor: blackberry, sage, black tea, and roasted pine nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A breezy, table-ready Merlot with ripe fruit aromas.

The Producer

Yorkville Cellars

The Producer
25701 Highway 128
POB 3
Yorkville, CA 95494
USA
1 707-894-9177

Their Portfolio

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93 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
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93 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
91 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
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89 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
BR Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00. - Bronze Medal
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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.