About This Wine
Ever notice how Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have similar flavors?
That’s not your palate playing tricks on you. It’s true. The main difference between the two varieties is, for lack of a better term, their structure. Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be “big and bold,” whereas Merlot leans toward “medium-bodied and soft.”
Of course, there are no absolutes. Take the Merlot made in New York’s Long Island growing region, as an example. There, the variety tends to be quite sleek and lean. But on the West Coast — particularly in Washington state and California — Merlot more closely mimics Cabernet in its aromas and flavors. Structure-wise, however, Merlot is the precocious little brother to Cabernet.
A great example of a California Merlot is the 2010 bottling from Bridge Trail Vineyards. Engaging and ready to drink — with no additional bottle aging necessary — it’s a fruitful and herb-tinged wine that you can enjoy while your Cabernet Sauvignon evolves on the wine rack.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:Merlot and Other Red Grape Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Plum, Black Cherry, Sage, Rosemary and Mocha
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestiona grilled mushroom burger, or four-cheese pizza.
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