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2013 William Hill Merlot "Central Coast"

Winery: William Hill

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Central Coast"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 86% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 5% Malbec, 1% Petite Sirah, & 3% Select Red Varieties

Region: Central Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $17

Cases produced: 85,000

KWG Score: 88 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: February 5, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from William Hill opens with a mild black plum and cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and easy going. The flavor profile is a pleasant mild plum with notes of gentle vanilla oak and faint blueberry. I also detected a touch of cola towards the end. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins are nicely prolonged. This Merlot is food friendly and would pair well with a bacon and mushroom burger or with a wild boar bolognese sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our William Hill Estate Central Coast Merlot is reminiscent of a bold Cabernet Sauvignon, with its rich flavors and substantial mouthfeel. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and toasty oak set the stage for a palate of decadent black cherry, pepper and chocolate.

Organic status: not organic

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