About This Wine
Merlot is considered among the most “mellow” of all red winegrape varieties.
The winemaker at Indian Creek knows about this perception, embraces it, and takes great care each vintage to assure that Merlot bearing the Indian Creek label does not “surprise” wine drinkers by being overly tannic.
How does he carry out this vision? By blending select lots of Merlot — procured from growers in various California wine regions — with a handful of other red varieties, thus taming those tannins. The idea is two-fold: to assure that the wine is accessible, even at a young age, and to enhance its food-pairing personality.
“In making the Indian Creek Merlot, I wanted to craft a wine that could go with almost anything,” the vintner tells us. “Okay, maybe not white fish, but just about anything else.” It’s a brilliant strategy, deliciously executed vintage after vintage. And as you’re about to discover, that includes the 2012 vintage.
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:Crushed Red Berries, Black Olive and Tobacco
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels and Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionpot roast, or a veggie burger.
14 recipes match for this wine.
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
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
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