2014 Quail Creek California Merlot

Winery

Quail Creek is a range of tasty “everyday” wines that offer great value at a low price. You may be familiar with Quail Creek if you have shopped at Whole Foods, an upscale US supermarket chain that frequently offers this wine as a featured selection. The low prices and consistent quality make a bottle of Quail Creek an obvious choice to throw into the shopping cart as you browse the aisles composing the evening’s meal. Quail Creek is owned by the Bronco Wine Company. Though located near Modesto, CA., Bronco owns and markets wineries and brands from throughout California, the West Coast, Latin America and Europe. Indeed, the mind-boggling list of labels associated with Bronco would lead one to suppose the company is just another giant drinks conglomerate. Yet, the company is owned by a family that can trace their roots in the California wine business to the 1930s. Unlike the typical giant beverage marketing machine, Bronco develops and operates vineyards and wineries, working closely with farmers and winemakers up and down the West Coast. With the largest vineyard holdings in California and by sourcing premium wine sold on the bulk market, the company can offer consumers wines for every occasion. If you are looking for a wine to accompany a midweek meal or for a wine to serve to large groups at a festival or seasonal fair, Quail Creek is an excellent choice.

Wine

Lively, bright fruit, an easy-drinking style and moderate alcohol (12.5%) make this Merlot an excellent choice for the mid-week meal. It’s a medium-bodied wine with plum jam aromas, blackberry and red currant flavors, and notes of vanilla oak on the finish. It would pair well with rib roast, spaghetti Bolognese or hard cheeses. 

Winemaking

Fermented in stainless tank with some aging in oak. 

Tasting notes

Aromas of plums and bing cherries lead toward a fruity midpalate of blackberries, red currant and jam. A touch of oak and mellow tannins make for a pleasant finish.

Appellation

California

Varietal

Merlot, Proprietors Dry Red

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

12.5%

UPC

081054534475