Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2013

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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!
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Brand Cycles Gladiator
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
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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.

Matt Kettmann, November 1, 2015