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Mirassou Merlot 2013
Rather big and herbal on the nose but lovely ripe herbs all laid upon a base of sweet black currant and blackberry fruit supported by some cedary oak. Round, soft and a bit matte in the mouth this delivers slightly meaty and cocoa dusted black fruits with a subtle leathery edge. The acidity is a bit low for me, and the tannins rather soft but this rich, smooth style should prove to be very appealing. The backend shows black currant fruit which turns into sweet black cherry flavors on the slightly sticky and modest finish. A mini fruit bomb. 84ptsAdd winemaker's notes
For over 150 years the Mirassou family has crafted uniquely expressive wines made with equal parts optimism and California sunshine. Sharing the gift and joy of winemaking has been the Mirassou family's great privilege for six generations, and it continues today. Learn more about the Mirassou Winery by visiting www.mirassou.com
Editorial Reviews for Mirassou Merlot
Rather big and herbal on the nose but lovely ripe herbs all laid upon a base of sweet black currant and blackberry fruit supported by some cedary oak. Round, soft and a bit matte in the mouth this delivers slightly meaty and cocoa dusted black fruits with a subtle leathery edge. The acidity is a bit low for me, and the tannins rather soft but this rich, smooth style should prove to be very appealing. The backend shows black currant fruit which turns into sweet black cherry flavors on the slightly sticky and modest finish. A mini fruit bomb. 84pts
Very red fruited on the nose with light wood spice tones and an intriguing hint of raw beef and iron. In the mouth this is a lean Merlot, but in a good way with plum skin right up front followed by lovely minerality that recalls riverstones lurking within a fresh strawberry tones mid-palate with refreshing acids and soft tannins that lead to an slightly short, earthy little finish. A really solid offering at this price point and much better expressed than your typical sweet high alcohol examples that this competes with. 87pts
Four and a half glasses
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
Considering this bottle sells for $7 most places, it's hard not to appreciate its rich fruit flavors and chocolate undertones. Yes, the wine is a bit rough around the edges and feels like it could use a few years. Yet, when cash is tight this is a crowd pleaser...
Nice Wine for the price.Taste and aroma on par with wine makers notes. The finish is a little rough but perhaps with a little more time to breath it may smooth out.
I decanted for 1/2 hour but it was still rough around the edges on the nose and the alcohol was a just a wee bit too pronounced on the finish. That being said, I think this wine could be a real winner with another year or two of aging. There's dark fruit and a definite black licorice characteristic on the nose. Great mid palate, fruity but not a fruit "bomb". Nice raspberry and black cherry notes. I thought I detected black currant at first, but after a few more tastes I couldn't place that at all so I think it was just my mind playing tricks on me. The finish is long, but at this point drowned out by the alcohol which is just too much on the back end. All in all a good wine but with potential to be a little better. I bought another bottle for the cellar and will re-evaluate it in 2013. For now it gets a 3 glass rating, but I may bump that up after next time.
External Reviews for Mirassou Merlot
Cupcake Merlot is a full-bodied yet smooth merlot displaying supple tannins. This is a softer, silkier Merlot with a good balance of oak and fruit. It starts with flavors of red cherries that evolve into decadent flavors of cocoa and espresso mingles into a plush, silky mocha finish.
Cupcake Vineyards works hard to craft the richest, smoothest and elegantly-textured wines. This full-bodied yet smooth Merlot displays supple tannins with favors of red cherries that evolve into decadent levels of cocoa.
Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah; each variety lending structure, aroma, depth of flavor and a long creamy finish to this wine. The grapes were harvested from some of the finest vineyards of California's viticultural areas; each picked for their ability to engender these grapes with distinct characteristics that will add to this blend. Each varietal was fermented separately and later blended and put through a unique oak regime that imparts a certain creaminess. - Winery
"We select our Merlot from some of the finest vineyards on the Central Coast
Tasting Notes - Cupcake Vineyards works hard to craft the richest, smoothest and elegantly-textured wines. This full-bodied yet smooth merlot displays supple tannins with favors of red cherries that evolve into decadent levels of cocoa.
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.
Wine Tasting NotesOur Mirassou California Merlot displays ripe black 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 mouthfeel and lingering, pleasant smooth finish.
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