Petit Reserve Merlot and Mt. Tam

Petit Reserve Merlot and Mt. Tam 1

We received this cheese from some friends because they knew we loved to pair Wine and Cheese! Thanks Sabrina and Geoff! We had heard about Mt. Tam cheese on a recent trip to Cowgirl Creamery. ( So we consulted our wine and cheese pairing list and looked for a wine that would pair with a soft cheese similar to Brie.

The wine we chose was a Merlot from Paso Robles, CA. We are always excited to do local Wine and Cheese pairings! During our initial swirling Neil smelled plum, cranberry and spice aromas while I noticed an earthiness with a hint of alcohol. Neil tasted black cherry and a good spice. He called it slightly sweet, light in body and flavor and smooth. I found it to be spicy and a little sharp but it finished smooth.

Note, this wine is part of Trader Joe’s petit Reserve line, if you are trying to find it. ( I decided to look more into it because I was puzzled by the name. I needed to find out if there was a “petit merlot grape?”

Mt. Tam cheese is a soft cheese, named for Mt. Tamalpais, in California and is produced by Cowgirl Creamery. Although this is a soft cheese, it seemed harder than it looked. When tasting it I did find it to be smooth and thick with a slight tanginess. Neil said it was creamy like cream cheese and mild. We both agreed it was buttery and a good cheese! Have you ever tried Cowgirl Creamery cheeses?

When we paired the Merlot and Mt. Tam Neil noticed that the wine was oaky and the cheese was smoky. I found more fruit in the wine and a smoke that seems to come out of nowhere. It was a fun pairing since there were new flavors produced.

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