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Merlot 2013

$15.00

velvety red wine. toasty aromas and flavours of ripe berries and cherries. pairs with prime rib, bison, spicy poultry, rich tomato sauces or strong blue cheese

Description

Merlot 2013

Merlot 2013 Sweetness: 0

Smooth, velvety red wine with satisfying toasty aromas and flavours of ripe raspberries and cherries. This wine pairs well with prime rib, bison, spicy poultry, rich tomato sauces or strong blue cheese.

Merlot Wine Guide

The color of Merlot in a Glass

Wine Profile

MAJOR REGIONS: ~600,000 acres worldwide.

  • France (~280,000+ acres) Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Italy (~93,000+ acres) Toscana, Campania
  • United States (~55,000+ acres) California, Washington
  • Australia (~39,000 acres) South Australia
  • Chile (~25,000 acres) | Argentina (~13,000 acres)
PRIMARY CHARACTERISTICS

FRUIT: Black Cherry, Raspberry, Plum
OTHER: Graphite, Cedar, Tobacco, Vanilla, Clove, Mocha
OAK: Yes. Usually medium oak aging (8-12 months)
TANNIN: Medium
ACIDITY: Medium
ABV: 12-15%

REGIONAL NAMES:

St. Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Côtes de Bourg, Blaye

MERLOT VS. PINOT NOIR & SYRAH
merlot wine comparison to other red wines in terms of color and body

 

Wine Taste

Red fruits, easy tannins and a soft finish are the characteristics of this wine. But there’s more to it than being smooth. It’s actually a bit of a chameleon, partly because of how it is vinified and mostly because of where it’s grown. Take a look at the range of the wine taste based on region (cool climate vs. warm climate).

Cool Climate Merlot Taste

Wine description word cloud of cool climate Merlot wine
Cool climate Merlot is more structured with a higher presence of tannins and earthy flavors like tobacco and tar. Some of it is mistaken as Cabernet Sauvignon.

France, Italy, Chile

A classic example of this cool climate wine is Right Bank Bordeaux, such as St. Emilion, Pomerol and the earthy Fronsac.

Hot Climate Merlot Taste

Wine description word cloud of hot climate Merlot wine
Warm climate Merlot wine is more fruit-forward and tannin is less prevalent. Some producers use judicious oak-treatment of up to 24 months to give their wine more structure.

California, Australia, Argentina

A classic example of this hot climate wine is in California, and falls under names such as Paso Robles and Napa Valley.

 

The Stemmy Taste In Some happens during grape ripening and is because of vigorous leafy vine canopies. Pruning helps but causes thin-skinned grapes to shatter in the sun!

 

Merlot Food Pairing

It matches with a wide variety of foods because of its position in the middle of the red wine spectrum. In general it pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats. With medium tannin and not too much acidity you’ll find  pairs well with many foods.

Additional information
Weight 1.68 kg
Dimensions 33.02 x 8.89 x 8.89 cm

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