About This Wine
Quiz time: What red wine variety outsells all others in U.S. food stores?
Did you say Cabernet Sauvignon? You would be wrong. According to Wine Institute, it’s Merlot — partly because it’s generally priced a bit lower, but mainly because it’s ready to drink at a younger age. Most bottlings of Merlot can be bought today and consumed tonight.
That’s certainly true of the 2010 Merlot from Long Street Winery, a wine that’s rich and aromatic, but possesses a tannin structure that does not require long-term aging. Will the wine get better with some more time in the bottle? Well, “better” is a relative term. It certainly will evolve, and it will “show” differently at each stage of its development.
But if you’re looking for a nice red wine that you can enjoy with tonight’s meal, your search has ended. Long Street’s 2010 Merlot just may become your go-to wine on those nights when everyone’s home for dinner.
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 Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Cherry, Blackberry, Plum, Chocolate and Mocha
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionbeef stew, or burgers with sautéed onions.
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