Friday, July 14 from 4-7 p.m. – The 2003 Cougar Crest Merlot is one of our red wine finds of the year. And no, that’s not a typo, we’re pouring you a 14 year old wine that is drinking wonderfully right now! Taste that one along with two other Merlot-based wines.
Before you dismiss this tasting, you should know that Merlot is one of the noble varietals. The grape has been used for ages as a stand-alone as well as with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce bold, full bodied, ample red wines. And it ages really well too! Don’t believe me? Stop by this Friday to taste a perfect example. Before we get to that one, we’ll pour you the Anterra Merlot to start. An un-oaked version from Italy’s Veneto region, it is soft, easy drinking, and affordable. Up next, the Pedroncelli Merlot comes from one of Sonoma’s oldest wineries. Round, soft, plush and smooth, it is a classic example of California Merlot. Last but not least is that Merlot find of the year from Washington State’s Cougar Crest. Wow! Talk about a sumptuous red wine with layers of port-like cassis, roasted fig, plum and chocolate. I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination. Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the tasting wines.
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.
1. 2015 Anterra Merlot (Veneto, Italy) – This Merlot is not hard to understand. Fermented entirely in stainless steel, it offers up aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, plum and spice. This medium bodied and easy going red would work great with simple pasta dishes or comfort food staples like barbecue or burgers.
Tasting Price: $6.29 in mixed 3-packs | $5.94 in mixed 6-packs | $5.59 in mixed cases
2. 2014 Pedroncelli Merlot (Sonoma County, California) – This is just good old American Merlot from one of Sonoma’s oldest and most dependable producers. Round, smooth, plush and loaded with ripe cherry, plum, vanilla and oak spice, this is an easy one to wrap your head around.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases
2. 2003 Cougar Crest Merlot (Columbia Valley, Washington) – Founded in 2001, Cougar Crest is a family owned and operated winery with prime vineyards in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. In case you didn’t know, most insiders believe that Washington (not California) is home to our country’s best Merlot. I concur and this wine is the evidence. The 14 years of bottle maturation have done great things for this wine — the tannin has softened, the aromas and flavors have taken on a Vintage Port like nuance, and the overall impression is one I typically find in wines that cost a lot more. Oh yeah, the current release of this wine goes for $40. Enjoy!
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
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