2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot, Dry Creek Valley, California

Fruit for this marvelous Merlot came from the Hillsdale and Benchland vineyards located in Dry Creek Valley AVA which is situated in Sonoma County. The wines final blend consists of 78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot very similar to a Right Bank Bordeaux blend. Right Bank Bordeaux wines use Merlot as the primary grape, and I only point this out in this review to bring to light how many people will say they are not fond of Merlot wines.

However if you query those folks who say no to Merlot they are almost always enamoured with Right Bank Bordeaux wines. A matter I find quite perplexing. On that note let’s move on to talking about this fabulous DCV Merlot.  Soft and inviting on the palate like Merlot should be, with red fruit aromas and a spicy bouquet that give way to cherry, mocha and vanilla flavors. The combination of tannic minerality and well integrated acidity leads to a pleasurable lengthy finish.  Serve complex cuisine that will assume the starring role because as good as this wine is, it’s at home in the supporting role.

Excellent | $26 | 14.5% ABV


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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