Cellar No. 8 Merlot 2008 (part 2)
Hi Everyone! I’m revisiting the Cellar No. 8 Merlot with a food pairing to see if I can open up the flavors that I am having a hard time picking out. Dinner consisted of a grilled, grain mustard marinated flat-iron steak with horseradish sauce and a side of sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes were cut into chunks and tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted for about 40 minutes at 375 degrees.
The food actually helped to a good extent. I could still pick out the black cherry when I tasted the beef without sauce and I could pick out the coffee accent after dipping the steak in the horseradish sauce. The blueberry came out once I tried the sweet potatoes. I think the slight charring on the sweet potatoes helped with making that flavor show.
The only disappointment was when I tried to pull the mocha flavor from the wine. No matter what I tried, I could not detect it whatsoever. Personally, I think that wine labels should always list what is really obvious about the wine and let the more subtle flavors be detected by the pros. While I don’t consider myself a pro, I have tasted enough wine to distinguish some subtlety, and I think the mocha should have been left off the label.
Overall, I like the Cellar No. 8 Merlot and I feel that it does a pretty good job for its price bracket, especially when paired with a meal that will bring out its flavors. It’s a solid Merlot, and I would not hesitate to pop open another bottle.