757 Turnpike St. (Inside Stop & Shop Supermarket) - North Andover MA 01845 - 978-688-5005
Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2013
The nose is pretty complex with notes of black cherry, tea leaf, and cedar aromatics. Broad entry flavors of dark fruits: plums, blackberry, and cherry. The midpalate continues with cherry followed by dusty tannins from the Cabernet. A firm thread of acidity lifts the fruit and keeps it on the tongue well into the finish. This is a very sturdy Merlot that would pair well with traditional Cabernet dishes like steak, but I think you would get the most out of this wine when paired with a rich Italian tomato based pasta or meat dish. I'm also thinking lamb. Not sure why but I suspect the gamey/savory notes of the meat would be enhanced by the berry notes and crisp acidity of the wine. Salud!
Wine EnthusiastThis widely available twist-top wine by Adam Lazarre is popular for good reason. Dense aromas of dried blueberry, boysenberry, tar and fudge kick off a thick palate that's driven by dark chocolate, espresso bean and more blueberry flavors.
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