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Trefethen Merlot 2014

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Our Merlot delights from the start with a lovely nose of dark cherry and plum. The aroma gives way to savory notes of black pepper, mushrooms and chocolate. The wine is lush and silky tannins back up a full, strong palate with great structure through the end. Food Affinities A few twists of a black pepper grinder over a dish or in a marinade creates a lovely combination with Merlot. This is a great choice for spaghetti with meatballs and any dish featuring milder meats.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Oak Knoll
Brand Trefethen
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • wa85

Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Merlot shows good fruit, but like so many Merlots, it lacks that extra spark of interest. It is clearly a good wine--and it is round and juicy, with cherry fruit and a bit of spice. It finishes with medium-bodied softness, but just lacks extra intensity and complexity. The color certainly is healthy, dark ruby/purple to the rim. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2016