2014 River's End Merlot
A wonderful wine from the River’s End winemakers with ripe berry fruit flavors and aromas with a nice touch of oak. An amazingly versatile choice for serving with grilled duck, turkey, chicken, braised lamb, pork or beef – and a nice partner for dishes featuring a rich tomato sauce. Our expert wine panel consider the 2013 River’s End amongst their favorites they’ve ever had. “This isn’t just one of my favorite California wines or even one of my favorite Merlots,” one of them said while tenderly cradling a bottle, “this is one of my favorite wines ever.” The rest of the panel was equally adamant about their love for the River’s End. They all admitted that they’re always sure to have a case in reserve.
Merlot is a darkly blue-colored grape that tends to produce wines that have a medium body with hints of berry, plum and currant. The name Merlot comes from the Old French word for “blackbird.” First produced in Boredeaux in the late-eighteenth century, Merlot is a sibling of Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot began gaining popularity stateside in the 1980s, leading Washington’s charge into the worldwide wine consciousness while spreading to Oregon, California and a number of other cooler wine producing climates.
From two of the oldest vineyards along California's North Coast region where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. The region known for ideal climate promotes slow, even maturing and great flavor development.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled duck, turkey, chicken or braised lamb, pork or beef. A nice partner for tomato sauce, too. Also great with creamy cheeses and savory dips. Here’s a great, simple recipe for tomato sauce: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/basic_tomato_sauce/
(Apr 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM)
Great wine! Got it in a collection the first time then bought it in a case totally worht i!
(Jan 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM)
Best tasting merlot I have ever had.
(Jan 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM)
Great wine, it was in a collection I chose and had it with Chicken Fajitas. 4 of us absolutely loved it.
(Mar 1, 2014 at 7:52 AM)
Although I am not a regular Merlot fan, I love River's End. My daughter, who is an avid Merlot fan asks, whenever she comes over for dinner, if I have this wine on hand. When I don't, I see disappointment is her beautiful eyes. Highly recommended -- great wine value!
(Mar 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM)
Nice wine. Would buy again
(May 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM)
bought for first time awesome subtle fruity but not to sweet great finish a must if your a merlot fan
(Jan 14, 2016 at 7:52 AM)
We love this wine. This is the flagship wine that will keep you coming back. Drinkable with anything. Everyone who tries it, from my wine expert friends to my skeptical brother, loves it.
(Nov 3, 2016 at 8:09 AM)
Was very surprised by how good this was.
(Nov 9, 2016 at 4:36 PM)
This is the best Merlot I have ever tasted. It is now my #1 favorite
(Nov 12, 2016 at 1:54 PM)
I've never been a fan of Merlot until I tried this one.
(Nov 14, 2016 at 9:33 AM)
A stunning merlot!!!!! Fab gift!!!!! Can't go wrong with this one!!!!!