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.
2007 Sullivan Vineyards Estate Bottled Merlot Rutherford
In Napa Valley, Wine Spectator's 97-point 2007 vintage won't soon be forgotten. That warm, dry growing season gave birth to a bevy of ultra-concentrated, voluptuous reds. But there has always been one caveat with the 2007s. Skins were thick and tannins tended to be hard and raspy.Read More | View More Offers