DetailsSoft and lush, this deep intense wine exhibits flavors of round black cherry, plum, blackberries, and chocolate with beguiling notes of eucalyptus and cassis. Supple, velvety tannins round out a warm, lingering finish. The smooth tannins require less age than Cabernet Sauvignon, making this an ideal red for early and easy drinking.
Merlot pairs beautifully with many foods—try it with pâtés or other charcuterie, pork or veal roasts, rich, cheesy gratins and even hamburgers.
- Details & Instructions
Wine Recipe Type Merlot Type Red Origin Washington Body Medium Sweetness Dry Oak Intensity Medium Food Pairings Pâtés or other charcuterie, pork or veal roasts, rich, cheesy gratins and even hamburgers
5.0 / 5.05 ReviewsVery niceI've made probably 5 or 6 of the CRU Washington Merlot and have to say its probably my daily go-to wine. Never been disappointed with its supple, full mouth feel and finish. It the most balanced and easy drinker of all the kits I have done, along with the French Merlot by CRU... but I think the Washington is a bit more fruit forward. Excellent choice and would easily buy this in a store for $10 -$12 a bottle!March 13, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoverry goodhave made 2 of these kits will probably make more. would recommend it to others.December 16, 2016Purchased
over 2 years agoWife loves this merlotI am on my third of the RJS Washington Merlot. Just to give a reference to our wine experience, we shop in $7 - $12 a bottle range and drank the Botany box and black box merlots. The wife says this wine is head and shoulders above those. It is smooth and buttery with good body. Is dry with a light berry taste. We highly recommend it.May 25, 2016Early tasteWithin one week befor bottling i siphoned a taste and all i can say is OMG! Ive made this befor it is an excellent wineMarch 9, 2016Washington Merlot Kiti'm still brewing just did first racking, so far everythings been working out quite well, my family has been impressed with my results! Do your wine kits go on sale? If so i'd be interested in seeing them in an e-mail. The Chilian merlot turned out very well, although it has been hard to let it sit, we just end up drinking it all up!! Well I know thats what it is for anyway, thats why I ordered another carboy.March 7, 2016
- Customer Q&A
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 21 answersHow many bottles does this kit make?BEST ANSWER: 30 750mil bottles and add oak spirals for the 2nd stage. Give 2nd stage 2 months with the oak and then bottle. You can just subtract the extra month from the time for bottle conditioning. Very smooth winedoes the kit come with a package of grape skins?BEST ANSWER: Yes it does. The grape skins bag contains a lot of skins and extra dark juice, the most I have ever received in a wine kit. Very promising kit that I just fired up.My home winemaking kit is 6.5 US Gallons. Is it large enough to handle this kit? I understand that some require a 7 US Gallon containerBEST ANSWER: It should be fine, the wine does not foam up very much in fermentation, so it will be large enough. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesI am on my 42 day with this kit and completed Step 3 "Stabilizing and Clearing" about 3 weeks ago. About a week ago I racked away all the sediment. I am getting ready to filter it. I just did my first taste test and although the wine is completely clear it has a recognizable taste of burnt wood. After the filtering and before I put the into the bottle can I expect that wood taste to dissipate or, do I need to add something to the wine to tone that wood taste down so the other flavors one expects in a Merlot to be the predominant ones?
- GeneBEST ANSWER: The best thing for the wine is to get it bottled when the instructions call for it. The flavors will mellow and develop over time. After about 2-4 months most wine kits are really superb and while a little more time can help, you want to get it in the bottles fairly quickly, or add more sulfite for extending aging before bottling.