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"Estate ion" Merlot

"Estate Selection" Merlot Wine Details
Price: $22.99 per bottle

Description: Estate Selection is a new designation for Lenz merlots. As we explain in more detail in the News section of the website, we have revised our production philosophy for Lenz reds, especially the merlots. Where our designations used to be, in descending price order, "Estate Bottled," "Vineyard Selection," and "Reserve," they are now "Old Vines," "Estate Selection" and plain "Merlot." This is not just a name change, it is a change in approach that we believe has made each wine better — and better value. The new "Estate Selection" merlot, in particular, shows this change to good advantage. It has more of the richness, depth and complexity that used to be the more exclusive hallmark of the Estate Bottle merlot.

Varietal Definition
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.


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