Reviewed on 2019-01-24
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Rating 88
Style Red
Variety
Vintage 2015
Appellation
North Coast
California
USA
ABV 14.7%
Price $26.00  Buy This Wine
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Perfect For

Host/Hostess Gifting, Treat Yo'self, Wine And Cheese Night

Drink If You Like

Malbec, Merlot , Pinot Noir

Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot 2015 Review

This is a big'ol Merlot and usually at 14.7% alcohol that’s all you get in the nose, alcohol. But not here. Instead of hot hot heat we get black currant and cracked black pepper (maybe a little cardamom) along with blueberries and vanilla. The wine is rich and savory, coating the palate. With a good acidity, it tamps down that alcohol to expose the fat, round character of the wine. It’s a big one, but a good one.

88
POINTS
Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot 2015
This is a big'ol Merlot and usually at 14.7% alcohol that’s all you get in the nose, alcohol. But not here. Instead of hot hot heat we get black currant and cracked black pepper (maybe a little cardamom) along with blueberries and vanilla. The wine is rich and savory, coating the palate. With a good acidity, it tamps down that alcohol to expose the fat, round character of the wine. It’s a big one, but a good one.

Reviewed On: 01-24-2019
88
POINTS
Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot 2015
This is a big'ol Merlot and usually at 14.7% alcohol that’s all you get in the nose, alcohol. But not here. Instead of hot hot heat we get black currant and cracked black pepper (maybe a little cardamom) along with blueberries and vanilla. The wine is rich and savory, coating the palate. With a good acidity, it tamps down that alcohol to expose the fat, round character of the wine. It’s a big one, but a good one.

Reviewed On: 01-24-2019