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2015 Cross Creek Winery California Merlot

2015 Cross Creek Winery California Merlot Zoom

Smooth and easy-drinking, this wine offers notes of raspberry, black olive, plum and dried herbs.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2015
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About This Wine

What a difference two decades can make.

Over the past 20 years, sales of Merlot in the U.S. have skyrocketed by more than tenfold. And the folks at Cross Creek Winery have helped fuel that growth by producing a Merlot that’s smooth without being simple.

Many Americans gravitated to Merlot following reports that the consumption of red wine was accompanied by certain health benefits. When newcomers to wine tried the king of all reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, they found it to be too harsh or bitter — the result of drinking Cab too young, before its tannins had had a chance to subside. Those people found that Merlot offered many of the same flavors without assaulting the palate... and a revolution had begun.

Cross Creek’s 2015 Merlot is easy drinking, yet has plenty of personality with its array of fruit flavors and “earth” notes. Simply stated, it’s a wine that’s very easy to love.

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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  • Grape Composition:Merlot and Other Red Varieties
  • Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Raspberry, Black Olive, Plum and Dried Herbs
  • Aging Vessels:Select Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2018
  • Food Pairing Suggestionmeat loaf with chipotle ketchup and mild chili peppers.

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3 Reviews

    Good, but not my favorite

    7/13/2017
    • Rater Rank 26
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 4

    Terrific wine. To bad it is unavailable.

    7/16/2017
    • Rater Rank 121
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4.5

Recipes.

14 recipes match for this wine.

  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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 Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... 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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
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