Ariel Dealcoholised Wine Merlot California Usa 2006
VARIETALAril 2006 California Merlot offers all of the benefits of a red wine, with less than half of one- percent alcohol. The grapes were grown in San Luis Obispo county, from vineyards known for superior Merlot production. WINEMAKINGAril California Merlot was fermented and aged in the traditional red wine method: fermentation in stainless steel cooperage on the skins at temperatures above 75F (24C). After fermentation, the wine was separated from the skins and a portion and moved to small French oak barrels for aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold filtration.WINEMAKER NOTESAril California Merlot has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis, combined with a white chocolate, clove and oak bouquet from the barrel aging. At its optimum maturity two years after bottling, it can be enjoyed immediately or held for up to seven years before enjoying. Aril Merlot is the ideal accompaniment to enjoy with beef, lamb and wild game dishes. Ethanol: 0.15% by volumeVarietal Profile: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% other redsServing Size:100 ml = 3.38 ouncesCalories/Serving: approximately 24Cases Produced:2,100
Nice quality/price ratio, good quality Merlot from Central Coast, California. Low oak, high fruit, good complexity.
By far the best alcohol-free wine I have ever tasted. Great with pasta or grilled beef. In Norway, with zero-tolerance laws, this is a life-saver. No more planning the evening before enjoying a glass of cabernet sauvignon with my meal. (Red wine is excellent for weight control on those occasional heavy meals)
approachable, almost effervescent, a deep, nutty palate, and just all around a great bargain!
Big and full-bodied with a velvety texture. Fruit-forward with flavors of berry and plum. Tannins fall somewhere in between moderate and firm to me. I have also tried the J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon and surprisingly this Merlot was much bigger seeming than the cabernet.
On the nose, even poured straight into the glass without any airing, the wine was fruity and rich with a pleasant vanilla aroma; the palate had the same red-berry fruit, an extremely smooth texture, good acidity and a noticeably rich sweetness whilst being dry on the finish with a hint of tannic grip. However, with a some more air contact and time in the glass, a touch more personality started to emerge with gentle hints of something a little earthier, such as licorice and plums, and a lovely, complex finish. This is a very well-made wine with, when aired, plenty of subtle nuances, rather than strong primary flavours. Low-ish tannins also mean that it is not a great match for robust meaty dishes or hearty stews. Try matching with plain roast chicken or perhaps something gamier, such as duck or quail.
Not too bad. Worth the try.
External Reviews for Ariel Dealcoholised Wine Merlot California Usa
The aroma is dominated by blueberry, raspberry and cherry fruit and layered with lifted spicy, cedary oak. The palate is greated by an array of red fruits similar to those on the nose, with tar, cedar and forest floor adding complexity. The wine has a full mid-palate and finish that carries the wine through, with a lingering hint of fruit and licorice spice.