This wine is a must have for all red wine lovers. It is smooth and subtle. Perfect to sip while watching TV or great with a bold pasta dish like my Baked Cavatappi. It is also a perfect compliment to beef, poultry and, of course, the hearty pasta dish.
Its composition consists of 96% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec, & 1% Cabernet Franc. This might not mean much to you but the subtle percentages in grapes and detectable. The more you drink Merlot, the more keen your taste buds will become to the differences in the grape variations.
The winemaker, SIMI, is part of the Russian River Valley appellation. I mention this because I have never tasted a bad wine that originates from the Russian River Valley. Of course, I have not tasted every wine from this region, however, these wines have never disappointed. If you are new to wine, start by asking your local merchant for wines from this California region.
For more information about this wine and winemaker, visit their website: http://www.simiwinery.com/product/2011-Simi-Merlot-Sonoma-County