Cupcake Merlot 2011
Cupcake vineyard works hard to craft the richest, smoothest and elegantly-textured wines. This full-bodied yet smooth merlot displays supple tannins with flavors of red cherries that evolve into decadent layers of cocoa and espresso and a smooth layered finish. Reminiscent of that chocolate cherry caked that used to call for you at the corner bakery. Serve with pork tenderloin with a port-fig reduction sauce or decadent chocolate molten cake.
Sour cherry on the nose with a bit of tobacco. A light to medium body with more of the cherry on the tip of your tongue mixed with a nice amount of oak and herbs. A smooth finish with a nice bit of tannins to tickle the sides of your mouth. This is a great value on a young central coast Merlot. We decanted our 2009 and I am glad I did because the wine doesn't appear to be highly processed, and I did find a bit of sediment after decanting. We let it open up in the decanter for about a half an hour and it really opened up and mellowed out.
Not my brand for a Merlot wine. Though their Chardonnay is pretty good.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Cupcake Merlot
Luscious fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. These primary flavors are augmented with secondary flavors of vanilla, toasty oak and spices including clove and nutmeg. The addition of complementary varietals contributes to a velvety mouth feel and lingering, smooth finish. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to three years.
Food Pairings for Cupcake Merlot
Cupcake Vineyards work hard to craft the richest, smoothest and elegantly-textured wines. This full-bodied yet smooth Merlot displays supple tannins with flavors of red cherries that evolve into decadent levels of cocoa and espresso and a smooth finish. This wine is reminiscent of that chocolate cherry cupcake.