Tag Archives: Merlot

Château Trocard “Les Chapelles” Bordeaux Supérieur, 2009, Bordeaux, France

12 Jan

DSC03187Great value Bordeaux from a fantastic vintage! A Merlot-driven blend from France’s Bordeaux Supérieur AOC. The aromatic palette is flush with ripe plums and blueberries. Silky on the palate, with supple tannins, dark fruit and mocha notes. Try this one with rich, creamy chicken tikka masala. $16

O Wines Red Blend, 2010, Columbia Valley, Washington

5 Nov

DSC03020The “O” stands for “opportunity” in this juicy little number from Washington State’s Columbia Valley, as each bottle sold translates into college scholarship opportunities for low-income women. Mostly Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah making up the balance. Deep, dark fruit shines through on the nose and palate, making this a natural with hearty beef stew. $16

Leeuwin Estates “Prelude” Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, 2007, Margaret River, South West Australia

16 Oct

102Beautiful Left-Bank Bordeaux-style blend, and it’s got some great bottle age on it. The complex bouquet of blackcurrants and dark cherries is underscored by dried lavender and fresh tobacco. Lively and youthful, the palate has integrated layers of black forest fruits, cacao and silky, fine tannins. Balanced fruit and acid structure finishing with mineral and graphite notes. Delightful with braised short ribs. $24

Taft Street Merlot, 2009, Alexander Valley, California

15 Oct

034Taft Street produces a Merlot that is rich and supple, with delightful cherry and black currant notes. Smooth tannins and a strong, balanced mid-palate of fruit and mocha lead to a powerful finish. Delicious barbecue wine! $20

Château Pey La Tour, 2009, Bordeaux Supérieur, France

15 Oct

007Comprised of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Dark cherry, black plum and boysenberry inform the nose and palate, with a lingering wisp of smoke. Full-bodied and fresh, with a persistent finish. To be relished with braised beef cheeks. $23

“Pentimento” by Château Beauséjour, 2010, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, France

15 Oct

005Driven by Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc along for the ride. Soft tannins and structured, dark fruit suggestive of black cherry and currant. Delicious to sip on its own, or paired with a farmerʼs market dinner with grass-fed beef as the star. $24

“La Fleur d’Amelie” by Château de Sours, 2010, Bordeaux, France

15 Oct

004Right-bank Bordeaux comprised of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Crimson ruby in the glass. Juicy black currant and plum are accentuated by savory herbs, green olive, cedar and touch of allspice. A wonderful pairing with beef and wild mushroom stew. $15