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Dynamite Merlot - $8.99

Wine Details

Price: $8.99
Producer: Dynamite
Region: North Coast
Varietal: Merlot
Container Size: 750 ML
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • On the nose, the Merlot shows aromas of black cherry, blueberry, currant and toast. Flavors of dark fruits and cherries are accompanied by hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Medium on the palate, this Merlot has light, ripe tannins and a long finish.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
CGCW - 85 Details: There is nothing fancy about this simple, well-scrubbed Merlot, but there is a good sense of proper cherry-like fruit running its length. It is helped along by a light bit of sweet oak, and, if it shows a touch more tannin than its basic fruit can comfortably buffer, it will be helped by a few years of age and service with simply grilled meats. Its price adds to its attractions. 2003 CGCW oak
WineSpectator - 83 Details: Ripe, with cocoa, black licorice and black currant flavors. A wash of vanilla and cedar folds into tart tannins. Drink now through 2006. 23,099 cases made. – 2002 WineSpectator black currant, cedar, licorice, vanilla
CGCW - 84 Details: Mild in red cherry fruit and influenced by oak and by herbal and brushy notes, this clean but unexciting effort has a bit of Merlot roundness at the front while trailing off into slight narrowness in the latter palate and finish. 2002 CGCW
WineSpectator - 87 Details: Generous, with very fine concentration to wild berry, black cherry, fresh herb and toasty oak flavors wrapped within a solid structure. Drink now through 2006. 29,428 cases made. – 2001 WineSpectator
WineEnthusiast - 87 Details: Mmm, good. This wine is big and rich, and feels plush and smooth in the mouth. You’ll find flavors of cherries, plums, herbs and coffee, and thick but ripe tannins. It’s nuanced in its appeal. 2001 WineEnthusiast black cherry, herb, toasty oak, wild berry
CGCW - 84 Details: Fairly ripe, faintly brushy, moderately oaky and smoothed by a bit of glycerin along its way, this one is held back from better by its all too frugal fruit, and its token notes of cherries fade before dryness at the end. 2001 CGCW cherries
WineEnthusiast - 86 Details: Richly textured, though packing a burned-toast framework on the palate. Hints of cassis, blackberry and herb show through as well. Tangy on the finish. 2000 WineEnthusiast

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Red Meat Barbeque Pulled-Pork or Ribs, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Wild Game - Elk, Caribou, Moose, Venison, Casseroles / Hot Dish
Pasta & Grains Lasagna
Poultry & Eggs Roast Chicken with Herbs
Vegetables Beans, White, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Tomato
Sauces Red Wine Sauce

Wine Terms

Name Value
Merlot (mer loh) Deep in color, high in alcohol and low in tannins, this grape is grown mostly in California, France, Washington, New York and Chile. The aromas and flavors can be plummy, chocolaty, and even redolent of tea leaves. It is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon although it is the most prevalent grape variety in Bordeaux.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.

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