Medium to full-bodied wines with flavors of black cherry, plum, and tobacco
Recommended Growing Regions:
Pomerol, St. Emilion, Napa Valley, Tuscany, Washington State
Roasts, hamburgers, other grilled meats
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Still, California's best Merlots, some of which predated the vogue for this variety in the 1990s, continue to be some of the finest examples of this variety outside Bordeaux -- in the same quality league with wines from Washington State and Italy's Tuscan coast region. Expect to find broad, supple wines with medium to full body, typically with aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, dark berries, dark chocolate, tobacco, and earth, and suave, fine-grained tannins. Merlot also rules in Pomerol, and nowhere in the world does this variety make more complete wines than on the flat, clay-rich plateau that lies at the heart of this appellation.
2012 La Storia Merlot Estate Alexander Valley
If your palate preference in Merlot is more toward the kind of structure and angularity you’d find in cool-vintage examples from Bordeaux’s Right Bank, the lavish 2012 La Storia “Reserve” is NOT for you. But if you prefer massive concentration, round, silken texture, and palate-staining mouthfeel, there are few bargain Merlots on the coast that hold a candle to winemaker Miro Tcholakov’s 2012.Read More | View More Offers