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Ca'Momi Merlot 2015

Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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13.5% ABV
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3.9 14 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A tarot reading for our Merlot would certainly reveal the Empress Card, the Star Card & the Sun Card because our Merlot speaks of beauty, nature, abundance, serenity & vitality. You’ll experience an epiphany of cherry, plum & spice with hints of dark chocolate. Plush tannins & exceptional balance allow this wine to commune beautifully with a wide range of nature’s culinary bounty.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
People sometimes ask me, "Do you like Merlot?" Such a difficult question—the wines can range from very simple to the most sublime wine in the world. How do I satisfy such a common question? I consider the source and context in which the inquiry is made, and I know how I should reply. I always begin by saying, "If the wine is good, then I will like it for what it represents. The 2015 Ca'Momi Merlot is made for the everyday marketplace. Not designed to be special, this wine is made for folks looking for a predictable, easy-drinking red, and that describes this wine—a simple red wine that does not require a certificate of wine appreciation. Ripe, smooth, and soft, this well-made wine is perfect as a cocktail or with light snacks, and yes I would enjoy a glass of this Merlot. (Tasted: June 16, 2017, San Francisco, CA USA)
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Ca'Momi, Napa Valley, California
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Ca'Momi is the heart's offering of Italians Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto. Their work is a tribute to the land of their birth and the food and wines that they love. From the winery and vineyards in Carneros, and featuring hand-selected fruit from across the Napa Valley, Ca'Momi Wines represent the best of both worlds: Napa Valley fruit carefully crafted by the heritage and obsessive care of Old World winemaking into some of the finest wines available.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. But the grape also has enough stuffing to make serious, world-renowned wines. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, in St. Emilion and Pomerol, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

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