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Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021

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14.40% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WE 94
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Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 is a standout wine that showcases the best of what Alexander Valley Merlot has to offer. Crafted with care by Matanzas Creek Winery and guided by the talented winemaker Marcia Torres Forno, this wine represents the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.

It brings together the rich, velvety characteristics of Merlot with a touch of complexity added by a small percentage of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

From the moment you pour this wine, its deep color captures your attention, hinting at the richness to come. The aroma is a delightful blend of violets, marionberries, and fresh plums, with underlying notes of black cardamom pods, cedar, green tobacco, and white sage. This complex bouquet of scents prepares you for the first sip, promising a memorable tasting experience.

As you taste the Matanzas Creek Merlot, the flavors unfold in layers. The initial impression is of ripe blackberries and blueberries, perfectly balanced with a hint of toasted wood and cedar. This richness is supported by the silky smooth texture and supple tannins that are characteristic of a well-made Merlot, particularly those from the Alexander Valley. The wine’s body is medium to full, which allows the flavors to linger on your palate, inviting you to discover more with each sip.

The critical acclaim for the Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 speaks volumes about its quality and appeal. Awarded 94 points by Wine Enthusiast, this wine is praised for its deep, dark core of black fruits and oak spices.

The velvety texture is exactly what you would hope for in a Merlot, and the complexity on the palate, with a mix of fruit and wood notes, ensures a finish that stays with you, making you look forward to the next glass. It’s recommended to enjoy this wine through 2030, which suggests its potential for aging gracefully, developing even more depth and complexity over time.

The Matanzas Creek Winery, nestled in the heart of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, is renowned for producing exceptional wines, and the Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 is no exception. The winery’s commitment to quality is evident in every bottle, making it a must-try for enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Whether you’re a member of the Matanzas Creek Wine Club or just discovering the joys of wine tasting, this Merlot is sure to impress.

The winemaking process for the 2021 Alexander Valley Merlot involves careful selection of grapes from high elevation vineyards. This choice of vineyard location contributes to the wine’s tension and power, adding an extra layer of complexity to the flavors.

The blend of 97% Merlot with a small addition of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon enriches the wine’s profile, offering a unique tasting experience that reflects the distinctive terroir of Alexander Valley.

In conclusion, the Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 is a testament to the winemaking excellence of Matanzas Creek Winery and the rich, diverse landscapes of Alexander Valley. With its inviting aroma, complex flavors, and velvety texture, it’s a wine that stands out for its quality and character.

Whether you’re enjoying a quiet evening at home or celebrating a special occasion, this Merlot is a perfect choice that promises to elevate any moment.

5 reviews for Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021

  1. Edward Woods

    The Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 version of Matanzas Creek Winery is simply outstanding. Its rich dark fruit flavors, with a hint of vanilla and baking spice, make for an unforgettable wine experience. Pairs well with Beef and Venison, making it a perfect dinner companion.

  2. Kristopher Hicks

    Creek Merlot, is an explosion of flavors. From raspberry and black cherry to earthy leather undertones, every sip is a delight. Try it now!

  3. Bruce Campbell

    A bottle of Matanzas Creek Merlot from the Matanzas winery is a feast for the senses. It has a complex flavor profile, with cherry, cranberry, and a touch of dark chocolate. It’s a wine 11 out of 10 wine lovers would recommend, especially with Free shipping on 12 bottles.

  4. Peggy Kats

    The Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 is a star . The taste of jam, cocoa, and a whiff of grilled meat leaves an enticing aftertaste. It offers exceptional value and taste, especially when you can get Free shipping on 6 bottles.

  5. Ben Hood

    The Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 is a masterful blend, crafted by Marcia Torres Forno Winemaker. The prominent plum and blackberry notes are a delight, perfectly balanced with the subtle hint of oak and nutmeg. It’s worth every penny!

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Critical Acclaim

WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
This wine has a deep, dark and tempting core of black fruits and oak spices that is surrounded by the velvety, welcoming texture expected from a Merlot. Blackberries, blueberries, toasted wood and cedar bring out complexity on the palate and linger on the finish. Best through 2030.

What does Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, cocoa

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, cranberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, chocolate


Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine


Citrus notes found in the wine

mandarin orange

toasted bread

Vegetal notes found in the wine

rhubarb, arugula


Food Pairing with Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021

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Winemaker of Matanzas Creek Merlot 2021

Marcia Torres Forno

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