About This Wine
Looking for an easy-drinking red wine? You’ve come to the right place!
Iron Rock Cellars is known for crafting a number of exceptional varietal wines, and its Merlot always is a standout. Merlot is one of the principal varieties of the Bordeaux region in France, and was brought to California in the mid-19th century.
Historically, vintners have used Merlot as a blending grape to soften a wine, usually with Cabernet Sauvignon. Its tannins are less forceful than those of Cabernet, one reason Merlot now is popular as a varietal wine. Most of California’s Merlot vines are planted in Lodi/San Joaquin County, along with Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Monterey County.
The 2016 Iron Rock Cellars Merlot taps top vineyards from around the state, and transforms perfectly ripened grapes into an easy-to-love cuvee. Ideal for serving alongside simple beef or lamb dishes, it could be used by Webster to define the word “mellow.”
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:Black Cherry, Green Olive, Currant and Tea Leaf
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2019
- Food Pairing Suggestion:straightforward beef or lamb dishes.
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