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2012 Mayfield Cellars California Merlot

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This easy-drinking wine offers notes of various dark berries, black olive and a hint of plum.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2012
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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.

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: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.

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    Very nice wine with a great finish. Actually ordered more. Nice casual wine!

    11/01/2013 Tony A
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    Not usually a Merlot fan but this one is very good. Drank it without knowing it was a Merlot - very impressed with how smooth it was.

    1/12/2014 Elwood18974
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    Most merlots produce an after taste that although not unpleasant still it's not desirable. This Merlot has no aftertaste and the initial response is wonderful. Very delightful with a clarity of color and fruit to spare. Loved this one

    2/03/2014 Tom
    • Rater Rank 453
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 4.2


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    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
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