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2010 Willow Springs Cellars California Merlot

2010 Willow Springs Cellars California Merlot Zoom

This easy-drinking wine offers impressions of plum, cherry, blackberry, cocoa and pepper.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2010
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About This Wine

What does one do with the leftover meat from a pot roast?

First of all, why are there leftovers? If you have the patience to prepare a perfect pot roast, your family should eat every last bite of it. (Sorry... sometimes we get carried away when it comes to home-cooked meals...)

Probably the best use for that meat: Use it to make a beef pot pie. If you’re looking for a “benchmark” pot pie, look no further than those made by Marie Callender’s. “Marie” uses chicken or turkey in hers, but if you emulate them and substitute beef, you’ll be living large.

What wine to serve with a savory beef pot pie? Merlot, particularly the 2010 rendition from Willow Springs Cellars, as its slightly spicy character makes it an ideal pairing partner. Pop a pie in the oven, pour a glass of Willow Springs Merlot, and get one more tasty meal from that pot roast.

About Merlot

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.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Merlot and Other Red Varieties
  • Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Plum, Cherry, Blackberry, Cocoa and a Hint of Pepper
  • Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2014
  • Food Pairing Suggestionred meat dishes, pasta, or beef pot pie.

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16 Reviews

    Just OK. Not so good, not bad. Lacked the normal merlot flavor.

    9/26/2011 Rex Tate
    • Rater Rank 10
    • Number of Ratings 70
    • Average 3.54285714286

    Very creamy and warm to palate.

    10/06/2011 Pam Phillips
    • Rater Rank 1,501
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    The berry taste came out at the end. The pepper got me at the beginning, fruitier than a regular Merlot.

    10/31/2011 Toni Atkins
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Too fruity and jammy for me, with an undercut of too much alcohol. I couldn't drink more than a glass.

    11/17/2011 Diana
    • Rater Rank 1,337
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 2.66666666667

    It was tasted by five people and all agreed it was very good and has a fruity taste.

    11/29/2011 Albert E. Cosme
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Aroma nice of mild berries, sweet slight oak not peppered. Fair taste although 88 pts

    11/29/2011 bill kuper
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Nice spicy aroma with a hint of cherry and blackberry. Didn't get the plum, pepper or cocoa. Not a real smooth wine, but tasty.

    12/16/2011 Martin D. Findley
    • Rater Rank 918
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 4.11111111111

    What a nice Merlot.

    12/28/2011 Robert McNeal
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Loved its flavor and aroma.

    1/26/2012 Carlos J. Ortiz
    • Rater Rank 1,311
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 5

    Not smooth, bad taste, flat - no body. What we Suggest to be our Monetary Value: $9 [We got 2 bottles]

    2/09/2012 Antonio Carvalho
    • Rater Rank 1,002
    • Number of Ratings 8
    • Average 3.625

    Easy to enjoy; simple -- perhaps a little too simple -- but very nice for a quiet evening or small gathering of friends for catch-up conversation.

    5/15/2012 AjA
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Lightly oaked pleasant merlot.

    6/26/2012 Scott Reich
    • Rater Rank 2
    • Number of Ratings 193
    • Average 3.86528497409


14 recipes match for this wine.

  • Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
    Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
  • Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
  • Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
    Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
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