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2015 Quail Hollow Winery California Merlot

2015 Quail Hollow Winery California Merlot Zoom

This beautifully balanced wine offers notes of dark cherry, cocoa, red plum, baking spices, berries and vanilla.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2015
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About This Wine

Why do we love Merlot?

Let us count the ways. We love Merlot because it matures sooner than more “forceful” wines, which means you can enjoy it while those other wines are aging and mellowing out. We love Merlot because it makes a perfect “transition” wine for friends who have been drinking rosé and white wines, and are ready to give reds a try.

We love Merlot because it’s grown successfully in an array of microclimates, from fairly cool to fairly hot. We love Merlot because it pairs beautifully with some of our favorite food, including pasta with red sauces, chicken casseroles, other light-meat dishes, seasoned red meats and some vegetarian fare.

Yes, there are lots of reasons to love Merlot, especially when it’s as good as the 2015 vintage from Quail Hollow Winery. Sourced from vineyards in several California regions, it’s a cuvee that could become your “house red.”

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:Dark Cherry, Cocoa, Red Plum, Baking Spices, Berries & Vanilla
  • Aging Vessels:Select Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2018
  • Food Pairing Suggestionvegetarian lasagna, or a seasoned flank steak.

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4.5/ 5.0

12 Reviews

    Great body. Very smooth. Went well with bison stuffed bell peppers.

    8/18/2016 Evan Jansen
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    Not too bad but a bit harsh. I think I just am not a fan of Merlot anymore.

    9/06/2016 glazier22
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    For a Merlot, excellent on the palette from start to finish.

    9/23/2016 Raymond Harrold
    • Rater Rank 291
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    I really like this wine.

    9/26/2016 Ralph
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    smooth and delicious

    5/18/2017 Linda Benedetti
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Very smooth, but full bodied

    • Rater Rank 112
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5


14 recipes match for this wine.

  • 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
    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 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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
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