Wine: Ca’ Momi Merlot

Ca' Momi Merlot

Ca' Momi Merlot

Merlot has never been among my favorite wines. My dislike of merlot stemmed from the fact when I started trying wine out, The California Wine Industry had just received acclaim for their merlots with comments reflecting the delicate fruit driven wines that were lightly oaked in American Oak to enhance the spice and enhance the boldness of the wine. Holding true to the American Mindset, if a little oak was good, a lot bigger oakiness must be better. I tried merlot and could not taste the wine because of the splintered wood sensation on my tongue.

That bias on my part has survived in spite of finding some wonderful merlots over the years. I am always a bit skeptical of the merlot wines and cautiously try them, finding myself delighted when I find one that actually fits the varietal profile with subtle nuances that dance on the palate with glee.

Ca’ Momi  Merlot from Napa, California may be among the absolute best merlot wines I have tried in the last ten years. The bright crisp cherry dominates the wine’s profile from start to finish with light boysenberry acting as the backup singer. Light bright peppery spices from mid-palate to the finish demonstrate restraint of oaking, but dominate enough oaking to keep this merlot from becoming flabby in the mouth. The finish has an essence of coca blended in the spice making you want to take another sip, just to be sure this merlot is really as good as it seems.

For pairing, I would seek out a wild mushroom risotto rolled in a soft burrito with seared flank steak strips. The creaminess of the risotto and boldness of the meat will certainly bring out the best characteristics of this wine!


2 Responses to “Wine: Ca’ Momi Merlot”

  1. March 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I feel the same way about Chardonnay. For a while, California was “oaking the heck” out of this grape, which left a bad taste in my mouth! Now we are getting some delicate, crisp Chardonnays with just a kiss of oak. This is much more my style 🙂

    As for Merlot, I just started drinking it last month! I can’t believe I’ve dismissed this wine for so many years, but perhaps it was for the same reason. I’ve been enjoying some local NJ Merlots – they are young and a little green, but will certainly mellow with age.

    What is the price of your featured Merlot?

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