About This Wine
Soft and approachable.
That’s how one of our tasting panel members describes the 2012 Merlot from Mayfield Cellars. The American public has had a love/hate relationship with Merlot for a couple of decades. The “love” began when Morley Safer presented his “French Paradox” report on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” describing how the French experienced low incidents of heart disease despite eating a high-fat diet. The reason cited: the health benefits associated with consuming red wine.
The “hate” took over when the movie “Sideways” featured scenes with poetic passages about Pinot Noir, accompanied by a bleep-infused rant about Merlot. Suddenly, Pinot was in and Merlot was out.
Now, Merlot is back, and the 2012 vintage from Mayfield Cellars reveals what true wine lovers have known all along: A well-made Merlot can be poetry in a bottle. Soft and easy-drinking, this wine doesn’t need a plethora of poetic prose; it simply needs to be poured into your wine glass.
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:Assorted Berries, Black Olive and a Hint of Plum
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionmeatloaf, or a veggie burger.
14 recipes match for this wine.
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 RecipePork 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