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2013 Vanderbilt Reserve Merlot

November 5, 2015 - Norman Bentley

The Biltmore folks in North Carolina are producing some pretty good California wines in small quantity under the name Vanderbilt Reserve Wines. Their 2013 Dry Creek Merlot production is a modest eight hundred cases, but worth investigating if you can find it at your local retailer.

The wine is a dark ruby red in color, and looks, as well as tastes more like a Cab than a Merlot. It is deep and complex in nature, with a rich cherry flavor highlighted by plum and just a hint of blackberry. There are moderate tannins imparted by fifteen months in the barrel, and the alcohol content is 14.5%. It finishes strong with the oak complemented by a lingering cherry presence.

We paired the Vanderbilt Reserve Merlot with a thick juicy New York strip hot off the grill, and an avocado and tomato salad. It was excellent. Norm's score is 89.

price: $24 - $29

score - 89


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