Red Diamond Merlot
Red Diamond Merlot opens with lovely flavors of black cherry, plum and a spice scented nose. The sweet fruit on the palate is complemented by the medium bodied tannins and toasty oak with a nice smooth finish.
Category: Dry Red Wine
Grapes: 90% Merlot, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 2% other red varieties
Region: Washington State
Winery: Red Diamond
Pairings: Pork tacos, grilled tuna steaks, nyama choma, vegetarian dishes like grilled Portobello mushrooms, and pasta with tomato sauce
Merlot Grape Variety
Merlot, a grape of French origin, is the second most popular red grape in America, after Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemakers love Merlot grapes because they are easy to grow and quick to ripen.
The majority of Merlot is grown in its native France, with the United States coming in second, followed by Spain and Italy. The best Merlot is said to grow in vineyards with struggling hillside vines. Flavors of raspberry chocolate, sugar plum, black berry and cedar.
Because of its unique ability to add softness and fruit to a wine, Merlot grape is often used to blend with other grapes, especially Cabernet Sauvignon to produce some of the finest wines in the world, like the famously renowned Bordeaux wine blend. It also dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grape.
Red Diamond Winery
Always bold and never shy on attitude, Red Diamond wines showcase the uniquely rich, elegant flavors of grapes grown in regions famous for climates best suited to each varietal. Celebrated for their stylish, fruit-forward profile, these wines are the ideal complement to life’s casual occasions. Red Diamond wines offer an enjoyable and stylish experience with every glass.
The summer of 2014 in Washington State was one of the warmest in the past decade with favorable temperature conditions extending into fall. Accelerated ripening due to the warm season was slowed by cooler temperatures and light rain events mid-September. The timing and changes in temperatures aided in hang time development resulting in stellar fruit characters and flavors.