This has been a crazy week. As I mentioned, we closed on our new home last Friday. It was acutally kind of funny. Closing was at 2PM, and we had to do the final walk through of the property at 1PM. True to form, I screeched into the driveway at 1:01PM. When screeching in, I had to swerve around a huge flatbed that was delivering the new lawnmower that Matt ordered. We didn't even have the keys to the house yet (because we were not the owners)....but we had a lawnmower in the garage! Boys and their toys. He decided to cut the lawn on Friday night. Hopefully this is not a novelty that wears off. So, after closing on the house, the excitement continued! On Saturday, I went to Kleinfeld's in NYC and got to "Say Yes to the Dress"! I may not have anything else planned for the wedding, but I get to cross the dress of the list. Then, on Sunday, work on the house began. Matt was sawing down trees (I have no idea if they were actually dead) as I started the tedious task of stripping wallpaper (Mom is a total rockstar and basically painted the whole foyer of the house). The wallpaper room is only like 14ft by 14ft...but I did not finish until last night. I don't think I have ever felt so accomplished as I did ripping off that last piece of wallpaper. Now I just have to wash the walls, putty, sand, prime, and paint...
I will move on from the house stuff now and onto what the blog title says that this post is about...Karamoor's very versatile Merlot! We actually have 4 different Merlots for sale on our website right now (5 if you include the 100% Merlot Rose!), and there is definitely something for everyone. Merlot can be light, it can be fruity, it can be dusty, and it can be rich. We have (at least) one of each!
First, I will discuss our light Merlot. The lightest Merlot that we have is probably our Summer Picnic Merlot. It is a simple wine, it is crowd pleasing, and it is $10 per bottle (available by the case only). It goes with BBQ, it goes with Mexican fiestas (tacos, guac, etc.), and it makes a smokin' Sangria. This Merlot is from our library and it was not released prior to the summer of 2016 (which means that we aged it for 6 years for you!). Grab a case while it lasts.
Now I will move onto fruity. I would say that the 2 fruitiest Merlot based wines that we have are our 2015 Merlot Rose (duh), but also our 2013 Merlot. I will start with the 2013 Merlot. Now, don't get me wrong, when I say "fruity", I do not mean "sweet". Our 2013 Merlot is a fruit forward Merlot with soft tanins. It goes well with pretty much anything except for seafood or like...a salad. I like our 2013 Merlot for just drinking during happy hour! If you are looking for something to pair with seafood (or a salad!), then our 2015 Merlot Rose is the wine for you. As luck would have it, this is also a great wine to enjoy during happy hour...or brunch. It's never too early for Rose.
I mentioned dusty in the types of Merlot that we have, and I would definitely say that our 2010 Reserve Merlot is dusty. When I say "dusty" I am of course referring to the tannins. The 2010 Reserve Merlot has been aged in our cellar for 5 years and it is really quite delightful. This wine can be aged further due to the fact that it still has a nice amount of fruit and the tanins are still prevalent! It is by far the best bargain that we have on our site at only $30 per bottle!
I saved our richest Merlot for last. Our 2013 Reserve Merlot is something special. It will wow your guests for sure. The 2013 Reserve Merlot has a huge nose of black cherry and sandalwood, a taste of chocolate, black plum, and fig, it is framed by silky tannins, and it has super long finish. I would do this wine with a main course of Ribeye with some kind of blue cheese butter, or perhaps a thick cut veal chop with a mushroom demi. Something hearty! Grab a bottle and let me know what you choose to pair it with!
I hope that you have enjoyed today's post! Merlot, Merlot, Merlot! I am headed up to the Poconos tonight. We will be heading back first thing on Sunday morning to...you guessed it...work on the house! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool out there! Until next time...