Thursday, March 22, 2012

Biltmore Estate NV Limited Release Merlot

Biltmore Estate NV MerlotThe Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina, is best known as the Gilded Age mansion built on a sprawling 8,000-acre estate by George Vanderbilt.  The spectacular grounds and architecture combine to make it one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country.

Not everyone is aware that the estate also boasts a winery, which produces 75,000 cases of wine a year and wins numerous awards. When Green Dragon visited her mom a couple years ago she toured the estate and winery, snaring a bottle of this limited release Merlot.

It’s a medium bodied wine that’s ruby red. The cherry and earth flavor notes mix well over a smooth and polished texture. We haven’t compared it with their entry-level Merlot, but it has a bit of complexity that allows it to pair well with a wide variety of food.

Although not a showstopper, it’s a perfectly acceptable choice for casual sipping. It may be the closest you get to the Vanderbilt millions.

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